What Only Light Can Do

Portland Head Light, Maine

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

Portland Head Light, Maine

Along with so many, I’m deeply saddened by the week’s events, first by the news story coming out of Stanford about an Ohio male’s acts of disrespect, and then out of Orlando and the devastation at a nightclub there. It’s unthinkable, and makes me want to bury my head in the sand. But that’s not ever helpful.

As Martin Luther King Jr. said so well, “It may well be that we will have to repent in this generation. Not merely for the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, “Wait on time.”

If we could remember and live out that everyone is a person of worth, differences or no, our world would be a different world altogether. This is what I believe.

As Martin Luther King Jr. also said,

“Violence brings only temporary victories; violence, by creating many more social problems than it solves, never brings permanent peace.”

“You know my friends, there comes a time when people get tired of being trampled by the iron feet of oppression. There comes a time my friends, when people get tired of being plunged across the abyss of humiliation, where they experience the bleakness of nagging despair. There comes a time when people get tired of being pushed out of the glittering sunlight of life’s July and left standing amid the piercing chill of an alpine November. There comes a time.”

And so there are always limits to what the human spirit should bear. There must be limits. There is always a boundary which needs to be drawn, a line in the sand which says, “Do not cross this.” There is always a consequence every decision, either for the better, improving life, or destroying it. There is no in between. Again, as Martin Luther King Jr. said so well …

“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”
Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

We must focus on shining light, and sharing love with a broken and bruised world. Praying for those in Orlando and around the world affected and impacted by acts of violence and oppression.

Published by Jennifer Lyn Art

About Jennifer Writer Author Photographer Artist Corporate Marketer Happy Wife & Mom World Traveler Grateful.

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