Pray With Us

As we said last week when we focussed on light, we are going to move on to darkness this week.  We may think this is going to be a somewhat depressing theme but actually there are many very positive points made in relation to darkness once you go beneath the superficial level.  So we hope you will find this week’s attachments helpful & even encouraging.  The blessing is ‘Let the Peace of the Father’ from Sacred Weave:

Let the peace of the Father be with you this night,

The Son keep you safe,

And the Holy Spirit guide you in your sleep;

In your sleep, in your sleep.

We hope you have a good week & that it will contain light as well as darkness – we need the darkness to contrast with the light.

Much love & prayer for you all

Darkness – S M Stephen

 

DARKNESS THAT INSTILLS GROWTH    Joyce Rupp

Darkness exists as a natural part of life, but I fought this reality for years. It always seemed like a powerful intruder into my light-filled life. I had this notion that if I thought or did the right things, then my life would always unfold the way I wished; I could avoid anguishing, bleak times.

Consequently, when the dark moments showed up, I felt something must be terribly wrong with me. I presumed I had failed in some significant way because I had not figured out how to keep darkness from invading my life. It has taken a long time for me to acknowledge darkness as an essential element for person growth. 

 

 

For the Darkness of Waiting   Janet Morley

For the darkness of waiting

of not knowing what is to come

of staying ready and quiet and attentive,

we praise you O God:

for the darkness and the light

are both alike to you.

For the darkness of staying silent

for the terror of having nothing to say

and for the greater terror

of needing to say nothing,

we praise you, O God:

for the darkness and the light

are both alike to you.

For the darkness of the unknown future

for the terror of unpredictability

and for the greater terror of opening ourselves

to that which is unfolding,

we praise you O God:

for the darkness and the light

are both alike to you.

For the darkness of loving

in which it is safe to surrender

to let go of our self-protection

and to stop holding back our desire,

we praise you O God:

for the darkness and the light

are both alike to you.

For the darkness of choosing

when you give us the moment

to speak, and act, and change,

and we cannot know what we have set in motion,

but we still have to take the risk,

we praise you O God:

for the darkness and the light

are both alike to you.

For the darkness of hoping

in a world which longs for you,

for the wrestling and the labouring of all creation

for wholeness and justice and freedom,

we praise you O God:

for the darkness and the light

are both alike to you.

 

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.” Chittister comments: “The stars that come with the darkness are the new insights, new directions, new awareness of the rest of life that darkness brings.” She is right. The darkness of winter is a time for soul searching, introspection and self-examination. It is meant to be a slow-down time that we do not run from, but that we invite into our lives as a welcome guest and embrace with as much enthusiasm as we embraced the summer.  It’s a time to intentionally sit in the dark and savour the astonishing depths of God.

 

 

In the Dark with Jesus    Chris Polhill

In the dark with Jesus,

held in tenderness

silent, simply waiting,

deepest rest.

In the dark with Jesus.

quiet, hidden, growing,

inner rubbish sorting,

frenzy stilled.

God’s glory wrapped in shadows;

brightness hid for love’s sake.

Contentedly beside us

when love’s light is blinding.

For in the dark with Jesus,

healing comes.