Family night. It comes every Monday and you’d think that after an entire lifetime of having it, I’d be more organized and plan ahead. But… No. I guess that’s one of the nice things about having a good marriage partnership – Mr. Hot Stuff comes along and takes care of things when I drop the ball.
When it came time for me to share something, part of me was wondering what I could add, since it seemed we’d pretty well covered everything. Then I remembered an experience I’d had many years ago. I was meditating when into my mind came a scene. I was in a very dark room, and next to me was a small light. The darkness bothered me very much – like a tangible presence – and I did everything I could to push it away from me. I would push at the darkness and move it a little bit away in one place, but as I did so the darkness somewhere else would shove in closer. I tried over and over to push the darkness away, with no real success. Finally, I sat down again in frustration next to the light. Then the idea came to me that, rather than shoving the darkness away, I should try spreading the light. So I picked up the light and held it high. As I did so, the darkness moved back and I felt less oppressed. As I walked around this small room that had been so dark, I found the the more I tried to spread the light, the less I felt the darkness and the more I became surrounded by brighter light. Then the scene ended and I opened my eyes. This experience has stuck with me ever since and when I see someone trying to shove darkness away, I’m always reminded of how much more effective it was to just try and spread a little light.
Even though we didn’t spend a lot of time on lesson preparation tonight, we each had a meaningful experience and were able to draw a little closer to God and each other. Afterward, we ate some of Miss Sassy’s Leftover Belated Birthday Cheesecake and homemade ice cream – one more little bit of Heaven tonight.
I hope you had a good family night, too!
winner-winner, veggie dinner 🙂