Yes, there is darkness in the world. Yes, there are forces that seek to oppress. Yes, there are ill-willed human beings that desire total control and conquest through fear. Yes, there is even the blackness of one's own mind to contend with. You can choose to cower before these dark forces. You can choose to give in. You can lay down your will and submit to the conquest or you can choose to shine.
One light, my friend, one small candle, one struck match and darkness retreats. It takes so much darkness to cover a light and so little light to banish the dark. Light can be a candle, a lamp, a word of kindness, an offered hand. In a room full of dark lies and deceit, one sentence of spoken truth will ignite the dawn.
Keep matches in your pocket. Keep courage to speak the truth. Keep love in your heart. When darkness comes, strike your match. Unleash your truth. Throw down your love at the base of false evil. Let God's light within you shine forth.