Darkness can be beautiful, such as taking a walk on a night in May, smelling the aroma of lilacs, and gazing at the moon and the stars.
This is quite different to being home alone in the dark. I have two friends who were assaulted in their homes...one in the daylight and the other in the dark.
As a child I was afraid of the dark. My mother/grandmother always kept the door open a little with the hall light on.
I DO NOT like to be in the dark. A lot of it is my fault, I love thrillers on television and at the movies, which doesn't help. My husband and I always watch a comedy before going to bed, which helps alot.
But my husband has worked many nights over the years, and sometimes the imagination can run wild.
I agree with your pastor. I have memorized many Psalms - especially Psalm 23. God promises in His word to protect us from evil. And if it's written in the Bible it is true. God is truly our deliverance from the bondage of fear.
The mind is very powerful, so it is important to focus on good things. When I into bed at night I reflect on the good things that happened that day.
Finally as far as being outside in the dark, common sense is best. If you are at a restaurant late, be cautious walking to your car. Don't put your self in a dangerous situation or a bad neighborhood especially at night.
I am very claustrophobic, so I would never park in a ramp, especially at night. TOO MANY MOVIE tragedy scenes have been filmed in parking ramps. I just do not think they are safe.
Last year I had been very ill. When I got home from the hospital, I had to sleep several nights with the light on. The trauma of the surgery and the awful pain and recovery made me afraid of the dark. I had to have light in the room in the hospital also.
My opinion of anyone who is bothered by the dark is to file that under "normal" ...Darkness is not equal to peace...this is why God has given us LIGHT in the form of the moon and the stars.
God bless, good question, Sparklea :)