Dark Night: Day 27: Lent Journey

23 Mar

20 Are not my few days almost over?
   Turn away from me so I can have a moment’s joy
21 before I go to the place of no return,
   to the land of gloom and utter darkness,
22 to the land of deepest night,
   of utter darkness and disorder,
   where even the light is like darkness.”   – Job 10: 20-22 (NIV)

Though it seems dark as night, still there is light to be found

“11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
   and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
   the night will shine like the day,
   for darkness is as light to you.”Psalm 139: 11-12(NIV)

I wrap Your Word around me as a layer of light for my soul

Today I want to share the scriptures I am finding comfort in. The sentences in between are my thoughts.

I also wanted to share the poem, Dark Night of the Soul by Saint John of the Cross.

The Poem:

One dark night,
fired with love’s urgent longings
– ah, the sheer grace! –
I went out unseen,
my house being now all stilled.

In darkness, and secure,
by the secret ladder, disguised,
– ah, the sheer grace! –
in darkness and concealment,
my house being now all stilled.

On that glad night,
in secret, for no one saw me,
nor did I look at anything,
with no other light or guide
than the one that burned in my heart.

This guided me
more surely than the light of noon
to where he was awaiting me
– him I knew so well –
there in a place where no one appeared.

O guiding night!
O night more lovely than the dawn!
O night that has united
the Lover with his beloved,
transforming the beloved in her Lover.

Upon my flowering breast
which I kept wholly for him alone,
there he lay sleeping,
and I caressing him
there in a breeze from the fanning cedars.

When the breeze blew from the turret,
as I parted his hair,
it wounded my neck
with its gentle hand,
suspending all my senses.

I abandoned and forgot myself,
laying my face on my Beloved;
all things ceased; I went out from myself,
leaving my cares
forgotten among the lilies.

-Saint John of the Cross


Peace be with you today my friends, even in the midst of darkness.

Gracefully~~Heather

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