Sharp contrast… black/white… evil/good… dark/light…
Thoughts of darkness being “an absence” linger…

Would we know healthy without illness?
…comfort without pain?
…light without dark?
…life without death?

Is dark necessary?

Why did Jesus choose the traitor?

Odd thoughts…

I’ve been learning to do pen and ink drawings… a pallet restricted to black and white… the application of dark makes the image… once applied there is no taking it back… no eraser for ink… no painting another layer…

I’m amazed by the process, especially with portraits.
Focusing on shadows… shapes and degrees of darkness laid down with crosshatches… lines… dots… scribbles…

How can black lines and scribbles on a face be right?

But what happens when you concentrate on the darks, the lights/shadows, the reflections, drawing shapes not a face… a portrait begins to emerge… I still don’t believe it…

I’ve only done two… but to see the contrast of black scribbles on white paper become a face… especially the face of someone I love… that is weird.

Is that what God does in our lives? allow darkness to make the face of someone He loves? creating us into the image of His Son?

Jesus — sinless — was perfected through suffering.

Without shadow we have no depth…
no character…
no transformation…

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James 1:2-4
Lord, help me see Your work in the dark,
appreciate Your power to use evil for good,
be hopeful of Your work in my life…

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