by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, 6/12/14

If you told me that you had never been afraid of the dark, then I would think you might be lying. Most of us can’t see very well in the dark. The simple fear of being alone and bumping into something should make even the bravest among us fearful that you might walk into a wall or lose your way in night. Worse even than the fear of being alone in the dark is the fear that you are not alone, that there are unknown things out there in the dark lurking and waiting for you. Our fear of the dark moves from the rational, to the irrational, and even to the spiritual.
We are trained to think of darkness as dangerous space and a fearful time. But what does the darkness have to teach us spiritually? This forms the core questions of Barbara Brown Taylor’s new book, Learning to Walk in the Dark. This book will not teach you to guard your shins from the coffee table as you clumsily make your way to that midnight snack. This book will not protect you if you are stranded on the roadside with a dead battery. It will help you reflect spiritually about seasons of life draped in shadow and perceived danger. It will help you wonder if spiritual darkness is a friend or foe. Reading Learning to Walk in the Dark will give us the opportunity to walk and talk together.
Do not miss this opportunity to reflect on this meaningful work. Come be a part of a small group discussion on Monday, June 23, at 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. as we gather to share how Learning to Walk in the Dark has enlightened our common spiritual journey.