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Power in the Darkness


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So many possibilities for Linda’s Stream of Consciousness prompt: “light.”

I wrote about moonlight recently. Light can be symbolic for goodness. Light is good. But it doesn’t always have to come from electricity. And power is more than electricity. That’s been a topic of mine in the past, but with hurricane season here again, it bears repeating.

Why do people keep saying “power” when they mean electricity? Do we really want to give our dependence on electricity so much power?

When the lights go out due to a storm, we have lost electricity.

We still have power, even when we don’t have electricity.

I know electricity can be a life or death matter for some people, and I wish them their and their loved ones abundant power and life sustaining support if the electricity goes out.

But most of us can get by without electricity.

What did people do before electricity?

They sat around a fire and told stories.

They read by candle light.

They played guitars and drums and sang songs.

We still have the power to pray and laugh and sing and love one another.

So when the lights go out, we may have lost electricity, but we still have power!

I’ve got my candles ready!


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1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

18 thoughts on “Power in the Darkness

  1. I love this! And it’s so true! 🙂

  2. Living on the coast, I can relate to the power/electricity thing. When the lights go out, I always say the power’s gone or something using the “power” word. You do make a valid point. It is the electricity that goes and not our individual power. 🙂

  3. Thank you so much for affirming that! One year, it seem like it was hurricane Floyd or Bertha, we had no electricity for over a week. Ever since then, I’ve kept extra candles around. But we still had power. 🙂

  4. We have a funny one: Hydro…… we lose our Hydro.

  5. My dad worked for New England Power Company in the western Massachusetts/southern Vermont border region. They generated hydroelectricity, including some pumped storage. (They were bought out by a bigger company shortly after my dad retired over 20 years ago.) The custom of using power as synonymous with electricity was an old one, as the company originated in 1906.

    • I didn’t know the language had been around that long! That explains why my idea of saying “electricity” instead of “power” is slow to catch on. 🙂

      • We do use power much more broadly as a word, although, with the advent of more and more devices that use electricity to charge batteries, we here power used sometimes to mean charge, too.

  6. That is so very true. It’s funny that when we do have a power-outage I feel relieved. My Hubby and I are so tied to the internet that actually having that power taken from us is oddly the only way we can take a break from the constant connection.

  7. Me, too. I’m spending more and more time on the internet. It’s a little scary. If a hurricane is on the way, I’ll plug plug in my cell phone to make sure it’s fully charged (just in care there’s an emergency.) When there’s no electricity, I’ll probably catch up on my sleep and practice my guitar.

  8. In fact, we crave for those holidays where there is no electricity 🙂 Lovely post JoAnne!

    • That’s awesome! I just remembered a scene from the old movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, when the lights go out and the kids all yell, “Yay!”

  9. Thank you, Osh! Much good power to you!

  10. I like it when I lose my electricity once in a while but the kids – especially Chris who is Autistic – hate it. It’s not part of his schedule! 😛

  11. I hadn’t thought of that. Too bad we can’t schedule it. Or could we pretend? Hmmm. There is that yearly Lights out event, Earth Hour, the last Saturday in March. I don’t know if that would help, but thanks for reminding me of it.

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