The soul is ‘hired’ to act as an important agent of Hashem – in charge of redeeming sparks. However because this world is ‘dark’ (hides Hashem’s light) she often ‘forgets’ her task and feels disconnected and alone. But she is not; the Shechinah joins her in darkness and guides her way.
The Jew’s essence is the Shechinah; wherever we go She goes. The Shechinah is with us as we tread on the path of life; our destiny is intertwined with Hers. The Sages teach that the Shechinah is troubled by our troubles; She willingly lowers Herself into the lowest of the lows in order to partner with us on our mission of tikkun olam.
Tikkun Olam, rectification of this world, can only take place while dwelling in this world. We are earthly agents on a Divine mission that can occur only on earth. It is for this reason we are meant to live in this world in order to repair from within; shine Divine light and awareness of its G-dly essence. Our mission becomes increasingly challenging as time passes; the holy sparks become harder to find and redeem. The darkness refuses to part with the light and relentlessly holds her captive.
We certainly have our work cut out for us; yet the real ‘Take Home Lesson’ is to never forget that we are not fighting the battle alone. Hashem is always with us; shining His love onto our every step.