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Closet Meditation

180. Closet Meditation

I sat within

the empty closet

to feel the dark



my eyes strained

to see

the space closed in

as the darkness grew

I struck one match

lit one candle

and the closet


suddenly I knew

what Bethlehem

meant to the


© Copyright 2012 Ann Freeman Price

I actually did this. I went into a closet (an empty one without bunches of clothes hanging that would make lighting a candle a real fire hazard). But I wanted the blackness of the dark. And I sat in that darkness.

And then in that deep darkness, I lit a match. It brightened the space, and then when I used the match to light a candle with it, I could see details in the small closet. I sat, holding the still burning taper, experiencing the difference between total darkness and the light of one candle.

Desmond Tutu from South Africa promised us all that goodness is stronger than evil and that light is stronger than darkness. When the Bethlehem baby grew up, He promised the same thing.

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