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Cast Out The Darkness…..Bring Forth The Light!……

Good day, my good friends! I am trusting that you and yours are well and blessed.  I felt compelled to share with you a brief message just now.  It is one of simplicity but it is one of importance.  So here it is just now.  Bring unto the darkness a bright light that there be darkness no more.  Where there is hopelessness, offer to those so afflicted a message of hope. Where love is absent, bring to that situation the love that will heal and fill the Spirits of those who are suffering from this malady.  Know that those who are untouched by Love’s gift are indeed in pain for a life without the ingredient of love is one of suffering and isolation of mind.  And where hatred and anger is present, bring to the table only kindness, compassion and love.  It has been said that a soft answer turneth away wrath.  This message was true and necessary then and its wisdom is even more relevant and needed in the world we live in today.  This planet we call home seems to have an over abundance of impatience and a plethora of irritation everywhere we go.  Our society has become an arena of angry horns and screaming sirens, a place where folks have forgotten that we are separate yet we are indeed one.  A great deal of this is because many have lost contact with their own moral compass and therefore are without proper direction.  But so much of the condition we are experiencing is due simply to a level of stress which has become prevalent in our culture today.  And I might add as well that the technology of the day while wonderful, has caused us to be drawn into our own small world, that world of separatism where we have become one with our mobile devices.  We have become a world unto ourselves or so we seem to believe.  The truth of it is that there is no greater lie than this one.  As creations of all that is human, we are connected one with the other and within that connection, true power and goodness can be found, one that is blessed within the human condition.  However, as it is with any connection, when the current is interrupted……the power goes out, light is no longer present and darkness rules over all.
And if I may, I see here that an apology is in order at this juncture for this was to have been a “brief” message.  Yet I feel these words are of significance right now.  Therefore I would ask of you your indulgence please?  I do know that so often Life is less than user-friendly which brings us into behaviors that should not be a part of our lives.  I myself find that whether in traffic or in the line at the grocery store, I am less tolerant than I should be for I want to move on with my needs of the day.  Hmmmm…,..perhaps that is the crux of the problem after all.  I referred to “my needs” just a moment ago without meaning for it to come out that way.  Quite a painful admission to make, I must say.  And it brings to mind that line given us by Mr. Spock which states that “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few…..or the one”.  I suppose this brings me back in a sense to my original thought.  Bring unto darkness a bright light that there be darkness no more.  To bring is to give forth, if you think about it.  One does not bring a gift to a house-warming with the intention of keeping it for themselves, yes?  One brings the gift to give the gift away, this being done for the benefit of all those concerned, for the good of the many, not for the good of ourselves, not for the good of the one.  I hope that this is coming across properly.  It feels my conveyance is a bit awkward here.  Simply put, we should indeed care about ourselves, to be sure.  But let us be aware as well of others that whose lives we touch in some way as we move through our day, each day.  And in truth, when we see someone in need, let us step forward and see what can be done to meet that need.  This could be by way of a smile or a word of encouragement or by taking a moment to simply listen. Sometimes folks just need to know they still matter, that they are significant.  Listening will accomplish this most often.  For in the end, it is not “all about me” as the saying goes.   At the end of the day, it is really “all about others”, is it not?
Friends, I have gone long here which was not intended.  I am at my place of employ presently but there was a definite lull in business today which got me thinking and brought in me to this.  It is very much vital that we as human beings regain and then retain the degree of humanity we once had.  We must relearn and regain what is the truth of what lies within us.  Let us embrace those we come across on our Life path.  Let us do this emotionally, mentally, spiritually and yes, yes……Let us embrace them even physically if the situation permits it.  It’s rather sad that in our world today, so many have forgotten the importance of a physical touch or the beneficial impact of a good old-fashioned hug.  I would go so far as to suggest that we might offer the strangers we meet a hug for their day.  Of course, you may get some odd looks along the way.  But that is okay as well . I would rather be thought of as just bit odd than what passes for normal these days.  And to return to my original statement today which sent me onto our road this day, let me say once again this……Let us bring unto the darkness a bright light that there be darkness no more!  Each day in every way, let us become ambassadors of blessing unto the lives of all those we meet in order that those who are “the many” will be blessed by you and I.  And I promise you that in turn, you will be so blessed that you will find yourself wondering who is getting the best part of this grand process. It is true for it cannot be otherwise.
I am in hopes that one or two folks were in need of these words this day.  As stated earlier, I felt it important to attempt to convey this message today.  Thank you for taking time out to read it.  Blessings in abundance is my wish for you and yours always.

 

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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It Is Finished…….

It is finished.   Perhaps the most memorable words ever spoken.  It is finished.  The words that Jesus uttered when He completed what He had come to Earth to do.  He came to be the sacrifice for the sins of this world.  It is finished.  Have you ever wondered what Jesus might have been thinking just prior to saying those three powerful words?  Looking beyond for a moment the intense physical pain He would have been feeling, what was going through His mind?  He had fulfilled His destiny, accomplished His mission.  Was there a feeling of fulfillment in His heart?  Did Jesus have a sense of relief now that He had finished the job He had been sent here to do?  Remember now, Jesus was God in physical form and therefore was subject to all the emotions that we, you and I feel each and every day.  Perhaps He did have a thought along the lines of “I am so glad this is done now for I am so very tired now and in much pain”.  It is possible that this occurred and if it did, this would not mean that our Lord was weak or that His sacrifice would mean anything less.  If anything, it would make the sacrifice He made all the more real and important, yes?  He knew all of the physical pain, the mental and emotional anguish that He would be going through before He had to endure it.  Yet He did it anyway for this world of ours.  I am reminded of a line from a Star Trek movie oddly enough but one that is applicable to this subject this evening.  “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few….or the One”.  This is what Christ considered and knew.  This is why He came to us and why He sacrificed Himself painfully but willingly for our sins, because of the needs of the many.  And for this, I am more than grateful.

I wonder how many of us would have the strength of character to do something like this.  Would I be able to sacrifice myself for the needs of the many while knowing ahead of time the pain I would suffer and realizing well beforehand that this was my Destiny.  Is what I am thinking blasphemous?  Am I putting myself on equal footing with God when I say such things?  No, I am not.  However, I will say this.  Since Jesus was in human form just as you or I, He would’ve had the same thoughts with regards to the sacrifice He would be making in His future.  And additionally, He could have decided not to go through with it.  Just as you and I are given free will, Jesus was also given that same free will.  Yet He chose to remain and to walk willingly into the fire, into the presence of His tormentors and allow them to do their worst.  Was it His love for humankind only that made His decision to follow the path chosen for Him?  Indeed it was.  But personally I believe there was something a bit more as well.  It is finished.  Our Lord knew the importance of these three words.  And while I am sure He did feel relief in escaping the ruined physical body He had been given, I think there was a sense of satisfaction for Jesus as He uttered those words.  Not in some arrogant or prideful manner that would say, “Look at Me and see now what I did!”   No, I speak of a satisfaction which finds peace and rest in the knowing that a job was done well and correctly, in knowing that the needs of the many outweighed the needs of the few….or the One had been the real issue and with that issue resolved, the many would benefit.  A sort of pride of knowing.  True pride is always selfless and void of arrogance and conceit, yes?  That is what I believe, what I feel our Lord felt when uttering “It is finished.”   Oh and for the record, as much as I would like to believe I could make such a supreme sacrifice, one of giving my life?  I am of the mind that I could not do so.  At least not by being reliant on my own resources.

Yet, this does bring me to the reason I felt led to write this piece tonight.  It is finished.  Each one of us were placed into this world with a unique purpose and destiny.  And it is only in the pursuit of the fulfilment of our Destiny and it’s attainment that we will ever feel true contentment and peace.  I can attest to this personally for I spent years, even decades doing everything I could to run from what our Creator placed me here to accomplish.  As a result, I spent years, even decades in opposition not only with God but in direct conflict with myself.  And how does that old saying go exactly?  You cannot run away from yourself because wherever you go, there you are.  This is a rather wise adage.  No matter what I did and no matter where I went, my spirit was right there all the while, a constant reminder of who I was supposed to become.  Needless to say, I find myself carrying a lighter load these days which is ironic because I always felt if I accepted my Life purpose, it would be a tremendous burden to me.  My friend, what is your Life purpose?  What path has Destiny chosen for you?  Whatever it may be, you will not know true happiness until you walking the road and heading in the direction that has been purposed for you.  Give this some thought, if you would.

There is one other item I would wish to mention here this evening.  It is finished.  When ever we accomplish something and bring it to fruition, we can say these words.  And what a grand feeling they bring us at that point!  This is true, correct?  Of course it is.  When we leave a project undone and incomplete, there is no feeling of joy or accomplishment for it is not finished.  Now just for a moment, let us look at a bigger picture, so to speak.  Look some years down the road with me, please.  Your life here on Earth is coming to a close soon now for time has gone by as time always does.  Let us look back on your Life’s road for a moment as we stand between this world of the physical and the spiritual world that you will enter into soon.  What are your past years revealing to us now?  Did you fulfill your purpose here?  Yes? No?  Were you in active pursuit of your Destiny?  Yes? No?  If your answer at present would have to be a negative one, I have good news for you just now.  You are not presently standing with one foot in this world and the other in the world to come.  This being so, I would encourage you to make a choice today. Choose to go down the road the Creator has placed before you.  The blessings that lie down Destiny’s road will far outweigh any sacrifice you may have to make.  And the greatest blessing you that will be gifted you when you do approach your journey’s end will be that you will know in your heart, in your spirit and mind that you have given all and with  your Life’s purpose is completed, you can also say with peace and satisfaction that “It is finished”. 

And now this particular piece is also finished.  I appreciate any and all of you who have taken time out from your day to read these words.  I am hopeful that you have found something of value for you here.  Be blessed in your day and always bless any and all who you meet along your pathway.  Take care with yourselves.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr

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A Letter Towards Love

Dearest reader, my post this evening is of a different sort as you will see.  There are many out in our world who are alone and living in a quiet pain, a pain of the worst sort imaginable.  They are alone in their heart and alone in their Life.  And loneliness bares its cold soul in a number of ways.  One cannot truly know the empty pain of loneliness until one has been truly alone.  It is a thing I would wish upon no one for those afflicted become broken within.  I will tell you my friend, that I was hesitant to present this for the subject makes many uncomfortable.  But it is also important for we all know someone who is indeed alone.  I would implore you to reach out to hearts that are burdened so.  Please do!  What follows here is an attempt to show you one of the faces of this Life stealing disease. And there are many more, believe me.  I chose to describe this “face of loneliness” because for one to paint an accurate picture, one needs to be familiar with the colors being used.  I have lived this particular “face”, if you will.  I gave more than just a passing thought to writing this for it is a closed-door for me now.  There are always parts of our past we do not wish to recollect.  To do so can often cause one to relive certain things, yes?  This was not easily entreated by my heart, to be sure.  In the same moment, too many suffer lonely hearts and empty spirits today.  This requires the attention of us all which is why I put myself aside for a bit of time and took a look at what lay beyond that closed-door in my heart.  And yes, tears were shed as these memories again ravaged my spirit and held hostage my mind.  For I found my letter towards love from not so long ago………….

Oh Lord, my heart is so tired and alone it seems.  I know You are with me, that You reside in my heart.  And for this, I truly give thanks.  But so often, my heart aches and yearns for a special someone with which to share my Life.  I have much to give for You have given much to me.  And for this, I also give much thanks.  I know you are my Source and the Supplier of my Life.  That is why I feel almost traitorous when I say that I wish for and need something more.  I long to be touched and to touch another in return.  My soul cries out for this to be so.  I do not speak of simple lust.  In this world, that could be easily remedied, were I to choose that road.  That type of behavior does not lie within me.  I speak rather of a physical contact where true love is at its core, where hearts and spirits are shared and become as one.  This is my desire, one born of a season too long empty and dry.  My soul is often tortured for the lack of the Life-giving waters of a love freely given.

The vessel that is my heart ran aground long ago and seems to be buried now in the sands of loneliness.  Our hearts, our spirits were designed to sail upon Love’s ocean, unfettered and with Hope reflecting upon the horizon.  It is how our soul is sustained.  I fear love will not again find me on this desert island which goes unseen day upon day upon lonely day.  It seems there is no escaping the dark soul that is this place for I have tried and often.  The strength within my spirit and my soul is diminishing so my attempts to escape are not as frequent these days.  Prudence whispers quietly that I must conserve what is left in hopes of a rescue.  This idea seems real enough still.  So I wait. Even as Life’s light begins to dim, I wait.  And I hope.

My Lord Jesus, what is to become of me??  What of my heart and its need for love??  It is You who placed these needs, these desires within me.  Why do You turn Your Face from me now?  It is more than I can bear, this void that steals away my Life.  I do not fear Death.  There are days when I would bid Death welcome, if only this pain would die with me.  What I do fear is this existence which seems to have wrapped tightly its cold, unfeeling arms around me, slowly breaking my heart.  Life’s breath eludes me so often now and the Spirit that indwells me is malnourished, the result of my diminished capacity to breathe.  The world becomes dark as does my tired heart which seems to beat ever slower with each passing day.  Even still, I wait.  And I hope.

Do not leave me here, I pray thee, My Lord.  I have not yet given up hope that the fire I keep alive on Desolation’s shore will be noticed by one who is also looking to be touched in Love.  Should this come about, I would without hesitation attempt to swim out beyond the breakers that best me, unmindful of the dangers lurking below.  It would be better to die in a valiant effort to reach Love’s touch than to continue this pain of isolation.

I should tell you, Lord that I am not and would not consider violating the gift of Life You have so freely given unto me.  Life is a sacred thing, a living thing and for me to cut short that gift is blasphemous, a slap in the face of God and nothing less.  I am just so tired now.  We were not meant to live solitary lives. To be alone and without love is in direct conflict with the nature in which we were created.  There are those who would say they need no one save themselves.  I would suggest that perhaps they are deceiving themselves so as to avoid the risk involved when one loves another with their whole heart.  Or perhaps they have been blessed with a strength that I do not possess.  I do not know that answer and my heart has become tired in the course of my writing this letter to you, my Lord and Creator of my Life.  All I do know is that I felt it important to put pen to paper today, the anniversary which celebrates four years almost to the day, the day that I was cast onto this lifeless island where I remain a prisoner.

Lord, I pray that You read these words and attend to my prayers.  Please respond as my heart is fading now.  I anxiously await Your reply…..

Yours in faith believing,

Anonymous, for You know Your children as by their name……

Author William J. Thompson, Jr.

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