Sitting in the Dark

Sitting in the Dark

John 16:16-23

Last night a young man asked me for some food, and I bought him a piece of pizza, and we sat.  It was late, and was dark.  We talked for several hours.  That is what I do I  is sit in the dark with people.

For nearly twenty three years I have been , building relationships, walking with people in the dark,  acting as pastor of last resort for people who had no one else. I have had friends stabbed, beaten, and violated in so many ways this year; I have friends who are walking in the darkness of cancer diagnoses. And the majority of my friends sleep on the streets every night without hope of any where else. They sleep in the darkness of the cold streets, of hunger, and of lack of health care.

Sometimes, sitting in the dark is a real place – like late at night in with only the street lights.  But sometimes, the dark you sit in is a state of mind. Because the darkness is real, and sometimes all there is to fend it off is having a friend to sit with you.

Tomorrow I will have a reception celebrating the completion of my Doctor of Ministry, and the people present will have sat in the darkness with me through the years.  They sit in the dark with me as I sit with individuals who are in much darkness. For you see each donation received, each phone call, each moment spent for this ministry, for me, is sitting in the darkness with hundreds more–for I am never alone in the darkness–I am surrounded by a great cloud of saints living and past who walk with me on this journey.

I was asked yesterday by a young man who is looking at ministry “how do you measure your success?”  Elizabeth Gilbert summarizes it best for me:

“You can measure your worth by your dedication to your path, not by your successes or your failures.”

So to all who walk with me in sitting with people in the dark, thank you! Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


Vigil Against the Death Penalty

12 Noon

Earl Warren Supreme Court Building\

350 McAllister Street

San Francisco, CA


Let us remember Thomas Arthur

who was executed last night

in Alabama

May his soul rest in peace.


Fr. C. River Damien Sims, sfw. D.Min.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

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