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In the birthplace of light the shadowmongers slink into the cracks in the stones, always waiting to seep back out. They know night is inevitable, even in that hallowed space.

Yet the light does not despair because the shadowmongers must return again to the chinks and cracks and crevices when the light comes back, cresting the eastern horizon, sometimes dimmed by clouds and storm, but always there.

Neither side ever wins completely, as neither side is defeated forever. Those caught in the war between them must always remember that and take nothing for granted. The fight is eternal.

Nothing is permanent. Everything changes. The eternal verities cannot be counted on. There is no Golden Rule unless we make it in our hearts. Many would rather forget this.

They sit in their huts shivering, even on warm days, even with a fire roaring in the hearth, those who would rather forget the nourishing of their souls. They want a paint-by-number theology that does not require deep reflection. And so the mirrors of their souls show nothing at all.

Their lives are a hollow pit, but the Fog of Reckoning creeps beneath the door and down the chimney, reminding them of what they do not want to see, turning soul’s blood to ice.

The Universe is always in balance, wheeling one way then the other until something crashes, something slips, something falls. Then patiently, the Universe rises again, back on the balance beam, struggling once more to recover.

We are here, on the edge of forever, waiting to see which way we will slip. But the light shines on, never more than a temporary prisoner of the night. The light shines on.

Eternal.

Random quote of the day:

“Make up a story…For our sake and yours forget your name in the street; tell us what the world has been to you in the dark places and in the light. Don’t tell us what to believe, what to fear. Show us belief’s wide skirt and the stitch that unravels fear’s caul.”

―Toni Morrison, The Nobel Lecture In Literature, 1993

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Random quote of the day:

“Some struggle is healthy. If you can embrace it rather than be angry, you can use it as your pilot light.”

—Damon Wayans, USA Weekend Magazine, October 7, 2001

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Random quote of the day:

“Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end.”

—Virginia Woolf, “Modern Fiction,” The Common Reader

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Random quote of the day:

“O, the first loves, carried like small flashlights
into all the darknesses
burn so hard and light so little of the way
ahead.”

—Susan Elbe, “Light Made from Nothing”

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Random quote of the day:

“Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too truly to be fearful of the night.”

—Sarah Williams, “The Old Astronomer and His Pupil”

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Random quote of the day:

“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.”

—August Wilson, quoted by Seattle Repertory Theatre

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Random quote of the day:

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”

—Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, quoted in The Leader’s Digest by Jim Clemmer

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Random quote of the day:

“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.”

—Theodore Roethke, Notebooks 1949-50

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Random quote of the day: 

“And God said, Let there be light; and there was light, but the Eastern Electricity Board said He would have to wait until Thursday to be connected.”

—Spike Milligan, “The Creation According to the Trade Unions,” The Bible According to Spike Milligan

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