I asked God to protect me from evil and darkness
And I thought that meant that he would give me peace.
What I did not realize
Was that my plea for peace
Was really a prayer to make things easy.
I didn’t know that the path of peace,
The path that leads out of evil and darkness,
Is narrow, with dangers on every side,
And that the thing to fear was not pain, but complacency.
For the real danger lies in the fact
That we are at peace with the evil,
And we are at home in the dark.
And we call it simply living.
And until he makes us weak,
Until the very appearance of evil causes us pain,
We are in danger.