It’s Not Dark Yet ….

Posted: June 6, 2017 in World On The Edge

 

Shadows are falling and I been here all day
It’s too hot to sleep and time is running away
Feel like my soul has turned into steel
I’ve still got the scars that the sun didn’t heal

There’s not even room enough to be anywhere
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there
Well my sense of humanity is going down the drain
Behind every beautiful thing, there’s been some kind of pain.

—Bob Dylan, “It’s Not Dark Yet”

Not all our days are good days. Some are quite distressing. Sometimes we may feel like limp sponges full of old, dirty water. But instead of making an attempt to get rid of it, we accept it– all those circumstances we don’t really want. We know that time is running out, but still we whine and make excuses as to why we can’t do anything about it.

This is the height of complacency. Well, that’s fine if we are genuinely satisfied with our life. But sometimes people are not satisfied. They would like to squeeze out the old and useless, and refresh their lives.

The desire to change things for the better is one of the three, God-given intangible gifts that make us human, and it is called Hope.

Hold fast to dreams,

For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.
― Langston Hughes

But when we’re on the verge of losing hope, what can be done?

This is when we need other people the most. This is when we must make use of another intangible gift, and reach out to those who care about us; Love them and allow them to Love us.

Love casts out fear. –Dorothy Day

Hopelessness produces fear, so this is when we must look up and around, instead of continuously looking down. And if we do look around, we will lose the sense that we are the only one facing adversity. We will see that others have faced it, and come through it because they had  Faith that they could.

The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith. –Billy Graham

It is difficult to have Hope and Love without Faith. Together, they are our lifeline, three things we all have in common because they identify us as human beings related to God and to each other.

So, when we think we have us too much to handle, or that life is getting too dark for us, a sincere re-assessment of  the faith, hope, and love in our personal life is the best path to take.

 

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