There was a time, once up on a time, when I was afraid. Not of the dark, but what possibly lurked there. Someone I knew, and had called friend, convinced me that scary things would come after me in the night if I didn’t hand over the things she wanted. She used a slow, continual process that eventually worked. I was afraid and began responding to her extortion. Then, she went too far and even though my mother didn’t have a clue what was going on, said no. I could not give away that one item. She had no idea the terror I was then going through. Every night, when the lights went out, I went to bed terrified I would not awaken the next morning.
Many years later I happened upon that person. When I brought up the subject she laughed and passed it off as a joke. That is one reason I don’t find scaring people badly funny. Even though I no longer fear the dark, I still recall those nights of terror, caused by the dark of one person’s lies and greed.
It isn’t only children who fear the dark though. It can be a very scary place. Things hide in the dark, using it for the cover they need to accomplish things that they don’t want seen. Night is the time when many are at their most vulnerable, when most are sleeping and unaware of what may be happening around them. When we go to bed trusting that the morning sun will awaken us once again.
Fears of those who slink about in the dark with evil intent, have caused many to install security lights around their homes, property and businesses. I don’t have any figures so I am unsure of how much it helps prevent problems, but at least it lets the homeowner see who or what is lurking about. Whether it is human or a passing racoon.
As a youth, my son had terrible nightmares. They were so real that he would awaken and go through the house making sure all doors were locked and keys to deadbolts were placed far from the door. I lost count of how many times I would have to track down keys he had moved. I found out I had a niece who also suffered from these nightmares. Both were told by their grandmother to place a Bible under their pillow. That the Bible would stop the nightmares. And it did. Still, to this day, there are nightlights in my house, partly because of the after effects of the nightmares and partly for safety reasons. I really don’t like finding moved furniture with my toes.
Dark, is also a figurative term. As in walking in a time of ignorance of an event or topic. Moving blindly in the dark, seeking understanding. If I could give a gift, it would be a gift of light. The Light that would take away the fear of the dark and unknown. The fear of what lurks in the shadows, real or imagined. That light of hope, trust, faith that keeps the fear and nightmares away.
As an individual, if I could give a gift, it would be the light of understanding, of knowledge. It would be a beacon guiding others in the direction they need, whether to approach or avoid. Bringing them to a place of better comprehension of time, events, history or future. Education and knowledge is a light and a key to betterment. If one remains in the dark, society cannot go forward, cannot improve, cannot become stronger and healthier. Dark is a place to hide and stagnate. Light is a place to grow.
As a Christian, I would give the gift of the Light. The Light I know to be the One of hope, peace, love. Jesus the Christ, taught and lived love and forgiveness. He taught sharing and caring. He taught and lived a sin free life. He came as the Light to a darkened, sinful world. https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-about-light/
For some, remaining in the dark is their preference. What they see as their truth, others see as prejudice against anyone different than them in any way. It is easier to stand firm on misguided beliefs, than educate oneself. It is easier to stand in the dark and curse the shadows, that seek the light through understanding and empathy.
I would give the gift of light, that would chase away the ignorance. Would shine on education in all its forms.
I would give the gift of light, that would remove the dark, erase the shadows, shine bright on truth. I would give the gift of light to the heart, chasing away the stingy, greedy, self-absorbed thoughts, and brighten the feelings of compassion and love.