“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5)

Themes of light and darkness characterize “BP’s Deep Secrets” a recent article from Mother Jones magazine. Author Julia Whitty, a journalist who specializes in oceans, explores the wonders of marine life in the deep scattering layer (DSL) of the ocean, where sunlight fades to black. She also uncovers attempts to hide evidence related to the circumstances and extent of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

With page after page and image after image of the devastation and deceit surrounding the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the final paragraph’s tone of hopeful possibility for a new way of living and engaging with the gifts of Creation encouraged me. I found even greater consolation, and a sense of the Creator’s profound provision, in the concluding prayer for daytime hours that I read shortly after putting away the magazine. These enduring words speak to this present challenge:


All-powerful and ever-living God, with you there is no darkness, from you nothing is hidden. Fill us with the radiance of your light: may we understand the law you have given us and live it with generosity and faith. Grant this through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


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