In Mother Teresa’s biography, we learn that she lived her life with a private, deep blackness that often oppressed her.  Yet she lived her life with a smile lifting up to the world the Light of Christ.  She came to accept this blackness as her cross.  We can serve God out of our problems and in spite of them.  We can relieve the pain of others while suffering our own pain.  We mistakenly think that we can’t help anyone until we have it all together.  Well, none of us has it all together.  But we can give strength out of our weakness, oil of healing out of our sickness, and light even while the shadows haunt us.

“For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6 (NKJV)