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A Prayer for those Afraid of the Dark

"I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark."
Stephen Hawking
in an interview in The Guardian, published May 15, 2011

Lord, grant me the wisdom to be afraid of the dark.
It is, after all, a survival mechanism developed
in our evolutionary ancestors to avoid the ambush
of predators lurking in shadows. It remains true

today. The darkness of our cities is no less dangerous
than that of primeval jungles or caves. Victims,
often tipsy, unwisely wandering at the closing of bars
along poorly lit streets, disappear only to come to light

weeks later as dismal remains in a ditch along a rural,
county road. I am afraid of the dark and with good reason.
Lord, prepare a bright Heaven for the coming of those
who are afraid of the dark. As for those who liken themselves

to computers, Lord, do not begrudge them their metaphor.
Rather, I ask that You fashion a modest corner of Your estate
as a junkyard for well-intentioned electronic parts,
where, perhaps, they may find a place where they can fit in.

A Prayer for those Afraid of the Dark
David Keffer
Knoxville, TN
October 27, 2014