It takes the dark to see the stars…



Summer’s arrival brings treasured opportunities to view the stars in all their wonder. I recently finished a fascinating biography of Wrinkle in Time author Madeleine L’Engle, in which the author explained L’Engle’s belief that it takes the dark of night to see the stars, and we ALL must reckon with darkness in our lives.

Life is full of moments when we must “reckon with the darkness” and find the strength to move forward and capture the light. My journaling ministry was the result of overcoming a personal challenge. During my time of darkness, I started journaling as a way to understand my inner self and become more confident and resilient. More than 30 years later, I continue journaling to understand the balance of darkness and light in my life.

What about you? Has an unexpected illness given you new insights and perspectives on life and health? Has a relationship tested your compassion and revealed new understandings? Did a new job bring anxiety along with a much-needed fresh start? Did moving to a new town challenge you to establish roots and meaningful connections? Did saying goodbye to a loved one bring both sadness and opportunities to relive special memories?

Try journaling about a time of darkness that led you to the stars:

  • What was the experience?
  • Who or what helped you through?
  • What blessings were a result of the journey?
  • What did you learn about yourself and others?

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