DARKNESS instinctively repels, light attracts us.
Yet only according to the good pleasure of God's Will, can either of them help or hinder us: true, both literally and figuratively.
Let us seek for a "treasure of darkness."
We who are born to trouble as the sparks fly upward, cannot, except by a process which consumes us, fly up at all.
To fly up on any terms, on any wings, must be beneficial.
Now we all have seen a literal fire pale and dwindle under strong sunshine, but when screened off into comparative darkness, regain color and recover strength.
Thus sunshine of earthly happiness may easily prove too exhausting for some souls. And then it will be the good hand of our God upon thenn which sends darkness of sorrow, even if need be darkness of death.
Nor (except as His Will may ordain for better, for worse) can there as regards ourselves be any inequality between light and darkness: so long, that is, as instead of murmuring "Peradventure the darkness shall cover me," we conform our own mind to the Divine Mind, and abide ready to sing with adoring David: "Yea, the darkness is no darkness with Thee, but the night is as clear as the day: the darkness and light to Thee are both alike."