The inky darkness swallowed me like a whale. Everywhere I turned, it was the same. It lay heavy on me like a weight, and I felt the darkness take the air out of my lungs. Gasping for breath, I tried to find a way out of this black abyss I was trapped in, but my legs collapsed beneath me. I sunk to the floor, tears streaming down my face; the darkness slowly seeping into my heart.
Crying out into the abyss, I hoped someone would hear me. I heard clanging, but it was just the heavy chains that were wrapped around me. The chains tightened against me and began to constrict my throat. Letting out my final plea for help, the last of my air left.
Suddenly, a bright light emerged from out of the darkness. I felt my lungs fill with oxygen once more, and my chains began to break. Out of the magnificent light, I saw a person. His light and grace beyond description. He slowly edged toward me, and I felt my eyes begin to well with tears again. He crouched beside me and stretched out his hand. I shakily lifted my hand and grasped him.
He smiled and helped me out of the remains of my chains, and I stood with greater strength. A sense of purpose filled my chest, and I felt his love embrace me. I fell at his feet, but not of exhaustion or fear, but of great thankfulness and joy. I laughed in joy, tears of happiness streaming down my face because my elder brother, Jesus Christ, pulled me out of the darkness and into the light.