Shadows and Light

Look, there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world

John 1:29
Isaiah 49:3,5-6; Psalms 40:2,4,7-10; ! Corinthians 1:1-3; John 1:29-34

In a fantasy story called “A Wizard of Earthsea,” a young man named “Ged” is learning to become a wizard. His training program is aimed at helping him to distinguish between darkness and light, between good and evil, but knowing also their coexistence in this world. The training includes a long pilgrimage — a journey of learning and purification in which Ged is haunted by a dark shadow following him. The shadow hunts him and haunts him relentlessly. Finally, it is revealed to him that he will lose his soul if he does not become a hunter himself. So he sets out to hunt down his shadow — to destroy it, just as it would have destroyed him.

One day,…

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