Path of Totality

Today, August 21, 2017, the moon's shadow will cross the United States in a total solar eclipse. The path of this shadow, called "the path of totality," is where observers will see the moon cover the sun for about two and a half minutes.

Around the world, millions will be watching the eclipse of the century and wonder.

Darkness in the middle of the day?

Darkness is sometimes associated with the dark side of the human condition where things are not right. When we see terror, suffering, and bloodshed around the world, including the US, we may wonder if the dark side of life is winning. The path of darkness seems total.

The Good Book says "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not put it out."

What does this mean in the big scheme of things? If the social darkness around you, and within, scares you, read the rest of the story in the Good Book, starting with the Gospel of John or Mark.

For me, knowing that the darkness of the human condition has not overcome the light of Christ makes joy possible...even in the midst of intense sadness.

When I reflect on verses like John 8:12, I realize that the Path of Totality is not ultimately about darkness, but Light. Wow!

I welcome you thoughts or questions.

Paul W. Swets


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