This world was not created
for some apocalyptic finale;
its magnificence was not formed
to dissipate into ionized gas.
Each thing was formed
for the glory of its Maker,
who stands forever.

Only the darkness must wind itself to its end,
and it must be robbed
of the treasures it holds.
For the most precious things
of this world
are held in darkness.

That is why we must struggle with the darkness now
and not run from it.

All the torment it gives us,
all our toil to overcome it,
to tame it
and to dig out the diamonds it conceals,
all is with meaning and purpose.

For each obstacle that meets us
on our uphill battle,
each was made for the glory of its Maker.