Everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.  -Paul (Ephesians 5:1)

Born in the dark
blindfolded
hands tied behind our backs

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We stumble around
hurting ourselves
hurting each other
hesitating while navigating the pitfalls
and the pleasures
without sight or touch

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Why are we shocked by the pain?
Why can’t we stifle the screams?

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This can’t be right.

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We know we’re in bondage
even while we claim to be free
We walk and speak
            well, stumble and squeak
and puff up our chests with fake freedom

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We make attachments
tying our bound hands to hers
trying to quell confusion and pain

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But the opposite occurs
            the confusion coalesces
            the pain progresses

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so we tear off the attachment
tumbling teary-eyed toward anyone

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No one answers

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Then we hear the step of Another
who doesn’t stumble or scream
still through the blindfold
we sense more than see

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Light

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for the first time
            and we’re scared

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Another knows something we don’t
Another reaches out with free hands
Another touches our bindings and blindfolds

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But we jerk away
afraid of this foreign Freedom
            not founded on fortune or fate

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Another comforts
Another holds our hand
willingly
without ropes or regulations
until real Freedom feels like a friend

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Then Another cuts the bindings
our newly-freed hands lift the blindfold

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We blink

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Our pale eyes crease
our pupils release
Light surrounds us
Freedom fills us
Understanding inflates us
Love saturates us

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Eyes adjusted
we see Reality beyond this Light
            and it is dark

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Locate the Light
Another doesn’t hold it
now Light sourced in us, shines out of us

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and we turn to free the next stumbling stranger.

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I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. –Jesus (John 12:46)

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. –Paul (Ephesians 5:8)

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