Matt W Cook

writer.former fundamentalist.christianly fellow

Patr and the Giant

The svirfnebli gazed up at the night stars, yearning. The stars seemed to chuckle back at him. Taunting him. Perhaps daring him to count them. Maybe sympathizing with him.
The svirfnebli fingered the hunting axe at his belt, still stained with the blood of the creature he had killed in obtaining it. He wondered what he should feel about that death. About that light he put out. He felt little. Little but the itch.

He shook his head and walked into the building. The guard looked him over quickly, probably fighting the urge to make a crack about his size, and let him pass. The warrior’s guild was a simple place. Basically a tavern with a training room and an entrance into the sewers below Galadon. The svirfnebli was not in the mood to train, so he pulled himself up to the bar and ordered an ale.

A chuckle to his right caught his attention. He looked to see a massive cloud giant, giggling into his own ale.

“Problem?” the svirfnenli asked.
“Nay, nay. There no problem.” The giant shook his head and tried hard not to laugh.

Vader’s Baking

I just got a pretty slick shirt:


You know what I like about the shirt? It’s completely true. Remember when Luke Skywalker asked Yoda if the Dark Side was actually stronger than the Light? Yoda said, “No, no. Quicker, easier, more seductive.”

The Dark Side is not stronger. The Shadow does not have more power than the Light. What the Dark Side has is hype and a great public-relations outfit. But at the end of it all, Vader’s got nothing to offer but cookies. All your struggles, if they are not for the Light, will yield only temporary yummies. Only in the Light is there true enlightenment, satisfaction and joy. A lot of times it’s hard to believe that, maybe because following the Light and living in the Light is so much harder than the Dark. Maybe it’s because we can related better to the Shadow through the taint on our hearts. But the Shadow will always kill us in the end. You notice that Vader was only able to become one with the force after he let himself die and become Anakin again. And when the Emperor died what happened to him? The built-up Shadow and Darkness in him ripped his body apart and he became nothingness. Because ‘nothing’ is what the Dark Side really is.

So follow the Light. Get to know the Light. You may not get cookies, but Jesus’ baking beats Vader’s any day.

Vader’s Baking

I just got a pretty slick shirt:


You know what I like about the shirt? It’s completely true. Remember when Luke Skywalker asked Yoda if the Dark Side was actually stronger than the Light? Yoda said, “No, no. Quicker, easier, more seductive.”

The Dark Side is not stronger. The Shadow does not have more power than the Light. What the Dark Side has is hype and a great public-relations outfit. But at the end of it all, Vader’s got nothing to offer but cookies. All your struggles, if they are not for the Light, will yield only temporary yummies. Only in the Light is there true enlightenment, satisfaction and joy. A lot of times it’s hard to believe that, maybe because following the Light and living in the Light is so much harder than the Dark. Maybe it’s because we can related better to the Shadow through the taint on our hearts. But the Shadow will always kill us in the end. You notice that Vader was only able to become one with the force after he let himself die and become Anakin again. And when the Emperor died what happened to him? The built-up Shadow and Darkness in him ripped his body apart and he became nothingness. Because ‘nothing’ is what the Dark Side really is.

So follow the Light. Get to know the Light. You may not get cookies, but Jesus’ baking beats Vader’s any day.