WE EMBRACE THE DARKNESS, but God knows we can no longer see, at least not clearly. We have all but forgotten home; we search for that which we can no longer name. But in compassion God sends us a Shepherd, a Guide and Guardian. We are wounded, deny it as we will, and life is pouring out of us. … We look for security, for comfort, in all the wrong places — such is our madness, the ancient chaos, the dark night of our soul’s world. Into that very darkness God comes; God ever comes. God does not abandon us to our own self destruction but sends light, speaks promise, and gives new life.
– Thomas R. Steagald
From page 20 of Sacred Days: Following Jesus Through the Christian Year by Thomas R. Steagald. Copyright © 2014 by Thomas R. Steagald. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Describe a time when God has come to you in the darkness. Share your thoughts.
Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question.
Mark 12:34, NRSV
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