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By Rev. Carrie Benton
Pastor, Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church 

Finding rest and hope in the darkness



December 30, 2021

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Rev. Carrie A. H. Benton Pastor, Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church

At this time of year, when daylight is in short supply, I am reminded of the restorative blessing of darkness. My chickens first alerted me to the necessity of the dark. As daylight fades in the fall, so does their egg production. The sunlight signals their bodies to produce. Darkness gives them much needed rest for their little bodies.

For most of my life darkness has always meant something bad or scary. Unknown. Mysterious. Frightening. I slept with a nightlight growing up to keep "monsters" away. It wasn't until a few years ago that I began to wonder if perhaps darkness was, in fact, ne...

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