Mike’s Musings …

Are You Light Deprived?

   Recently, several have informed me of their “light deprivation syndrome.” I know it is real, for I’ve seen the effects this phenomenon creates upon those who suffer from its clutches. Several have tried to add more light to their lives, while those with more severe problems find it necessary to move to where warmth and light are in abundance. Many who have never suffered from light deprivation scoff at those who do suffer, thinking the syndrome is some kind of “make-believe” illness.

   Often, those who suffer from light deprivation seek professional help. The problem is that many professionals also think the syndrome is more of a myth than a true life-altering reality. So, these professionals tend to treat it with “feel good” treatments instead of determining the exactness of the problem. Often the treatment is increased entertainment, or less stressful environments, or some other fancied method of masking the problem rather than finding a cure to a real ailment.

   Still others, recognizing light deprivation is a real problem, fail to render the cure! They know the patient needs light, but they have no idea how best to provide that needed light, let alone how much and at what times to administer the beneficial light. Instead of being direct with their instructions, they merely make suggestions saying, “Try this for a while,” and thus the “wait and see” approach grants little if any relief. Consequently, the sufferer grows worse, often surrenders to the afflictions, and dies untreated and uncured!

   The Great Physician says this is about light deprivation: “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” (John 3: 19 – 21) That’s all it takes … come to Jesus for He is that Light that came into the world (John 1:9).

    Oh, you might have thought I was speaking of the fleshly ailment of light deprivation. No. It also exists, but I muse on the reality of spiritual light deprivation which is a much more serious ailment. That’s why I listed the cure in this article and ask you to use it for all you say and do!