There is darkness like that which occurs when the moon is being eclipsed. There is darkness when you go outdoors at night, or stay in and leave the lighting down or off. And there is absolute all- encompassing darkness that leaves you wondering who and where you are. You feel as if you were young again and playing spies in the woods after dinner. Then light starts dying and the cloud cover rolls in so that you can’t see your hand in front of your face and you run, full body contact, into a tree, or trip over those invisible roots and rocks, or worst of all, it’s Spring and you tumble into a patch of nettles.. That’s when you wish you could see a flashlight or shine one or at least hear another voice; but your friends are all playing the game, too. It seems to you that if you call out, they won’t answer because all of you like to win an awful lot and calling out is losing. If you reach for your flashlight, well, you lose then, too, as well as being blinded by the sudden light. So you wish for the clouds to blow away, at least for a while, so you can orient yourself again and you can stop stumbling around in the dark. The thing about an eclipse is you know it will be over not so long from now and you can count on the moonlight after. You can’t count on the darkness in the woods during the night to magically go away. Sooner or later you’ll make a sound or just have to show your light – then you can gather with the others, who probably felt the same way you did, and together you can laugh at it all and tell stories about what brave deeds you were able to pull off. Possibly you will have learned something and can share that in the light too, not keep it as an in-the- dark secret. All of which is a metaphor to say that when we are suffering from a darkness in our hearts or souls we shouldn’t try to bear the burden alone. Shouldn’t we be able to count on friends and family to help us through the dark? and shouldn’t we help them?