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30 January 2007

a scripture chain for you. tracing it last night made me feel better; hope it makes you feel better, too.

  • alma 5:7 speaking of a people in captivity to the lamanites: god ‘awakened them out of a deep sleep, and they awoke unto god. behold they were in the midst of darkness; nevertheless their souls were illuminated by the light of the everlasting word.’ such a beautiful idea, that our souls can be ‘illuminated’ even in the ‘midst of darkness.’
  • d&c 50:24-25 in which we learn that light, when it is received and when we continue in god, creates more light–that it ‘groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day. . . . and i say it that you may know the truth, that you may chase darkness from among you.’ i love that–that if we know the truth that light increases as we receive it, then we will be able to chase darkness away.
  • d&c 93:36, 39 in which we understand that ‘the glory of god is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth’ and that, by implication, if ‘the wicked one’ takes away light and truth through disobedience, then obedience brings light and truth. and i read obedience not as simply doing what we’re told; since this is presented in the context of knowledge and truth, rather than simply performance, i think that obedience refers to living in keeping with god’s will because we understand it–because it is a part of us.
  • 1 john 2:4-5 in which we learn that truth is not in any man who claims to know christ but who does not keep his commandents; that god’s love is perfected in she who keeps the commandments. and in verses 8 through 10, we learn that we abide in light when we love our brothers and sisters.
  • light then is a result of obedience. and in my reading of these verses, obedience takes the shape of love (which is, after all, the heart of the two great commandments–to love god and to love our neighbors as ourselves). so as we love others, we are filled with light–even in the midst of darkness.
  • d&c 115:5-6 in which we are told to ‘arise and shine forth’ not only that our light (our love, not our selves) may be a ‘standard for the nations,’ but also that our ‘gathering together’ and our stakes (in other words our communities) will be a source of defense and refuge from the darkness of the storm.

i love these ideas. that as we do the will of god, we will be filled with light. and as we let that light shine forth–as we live the truths we know, as we love, actively making our world better–we will build communities which will have the power to ‘chase darkness from among [us].’ that our souls will be enlightened by the word, the word which is christ, christ who is love incarnate–that our souls will be illuminated even in darkness.

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