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The Spirit Initiates

Genesis 1:2 tells us that when, “the earth was without form and void, and darkness” prevailed, that the “Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

Darkness precedes light. It is, in a sense, more basic than light. And, there remains a positive side to it. We never really see the stars in the big city due to the artificial human lights that never go out. Our own lights have to be put out to really see the stars.

The same is true in life. Our own lights must go out before we can see the uncreated light that is God.

We have some Roman Catholic friends whose severely handicapped child loves to go to mass. She prefers dark churches best, echoing John Donne’s sentiment that “we see best in the light, but we pray best in the dark.”

The Spirit has always done his best work in the dark. He did not need our advice, consent, or consciousness in the beginning. What makes us think he needs it now, so near the end?

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