When the Lights Go Out

Last night, because of heavy snow on the lines, we lost hydro for an hour and a half. People try to turn off switches so they aren’t awakened by the television or the lights coming back on.  They look for extra blankets because it could get cold if the power is off all night. The Hydro Company quickly sends out repairmen. When hydro went out in the Dominican Republic in the past, several people would be saying, “Se fue la luz.” The lights went out.

When the lights came back on – hours later – there was a cheer and chorus coming from many houses, “Llegó la luz”; the lights came on.  Now the shout is less common since people have generators and the power company is striving to provide what they refer to as 24 hour service.  New high concrete poles are being put in position, then heavy, better quality wires go up and communities have hydro all the time.  So instead of hearing “Llego la luz” we hear the pings of cell phones and tablets signaling that internet is available again.

Physical darkness and lack of power are frightening and frustrating. Communication stops – no internet, no way to charge a cell phone. For many Canadians it means no way to cook a meal (In the Dominican everyone uses propane for cooking.) But there is another darkness that is a more serious problem – spiritual darkness. New posts and wiring will not dispel the darkness. Jesus says “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life John 8:12”. Light is available to those who chose to follow Jesus and we can say like King David, “The Lord turns my darkness into light. ” 2 Samuel 22:29.


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