Once-common accounting practices used red ink to show negative amounts, and black ink to show positive amounts. The phrase “in the black” came to represent a positive financial state; specifically, having more assets than liabilities. Gratitude, faith, surrender, love and forgiveness are probably our greatest available assets—perhaps our greatest powers—far outweighing our perceived losses and liabilities.
“Think of what starlight
And lamplight would lack
Diamonds and fireflies
If they couldn’t lean against Black. . . .”
-Mary O’Neill, Hailstones and Halibut Bones
And God separated the light from the darkness. -Genesis 1:4 ESV
The journey that we undertake together is the exchange of dark for light…there is no darkness that the light will not dispel. -A Course in Miracles