Between Midnight and Dawn: The Mystery of the Cross



Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—
in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.
For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.

When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality,
then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory?

    Where, O death, is your sting?”
1 Corinthians 15: 51-55


The void of God and the love of God come together in the mystery of the cross.
~Christian Wiman from My Bright Abyss


There is no event so commonplace
but that God is present within it,
always hiddenly,
always leaving you room to recognize Him
or not…

Listen to your life.

See it for the
fathomless mystery that it is.

In the boredom and pain of it no less
than in the excitement and gladness:
touch, taste, smell your way to the
holy and hidden art of it
because in the last analysis
all moments are key moments…..

and Life itself is Grace.
~Frederick Buechner from Now and Then- Listening to Your Life


May I accept what I cannot know and cannot understand;
it will remain mystery until it is revealed in His time.

Until then I am tempted to assumption, speculation, and doubt,
accepting the void of God rather than experiencing His love first hand.

The mystery is worth the often intolerable wait, once the final page is turned and His last Words spoken from the cross: It is finished.



3 thoughts on “Between Midnight and Dawn: The Mystery of the Cross

  1. Thank you so much for the collected photos, words and inner thoughts you present to us to draw us closer to our Maker. Today’s photos brought me to tears…so meaningful.


  2. Oh, Emily, today’s post is a beautiful prayer of acknowledgment and trust – and, mostly, faith.
    We humans are always so impatient. We demand instant everything (and the sooner the
    better) or we just move on, always seeking that answer, that gratification. Of course we do not find what we are looking for on our own so the endless cycle continues and eventually we find ourselves tangled in a web of fear and uncertainty.

    ‘May I accept what I cannot know…’ A powerful mantra when we are hedged in by unknowing and angst.

    The first picture, the budding flower, is incredible, Emily. It is all there for us to meditate upon:
    the little upturned ‘arms,’ waiting, waiting to receive the promised joy and fulfillment that is to come, that which will make it whole again.

    Your selections today brought tears to my soul once again, Emily.
    Thank you for the continuing gift of yourself.


  3. Thank you, Marilyn and Alice, for your comments and I’m grateful this reached you both. I fret over each post and each photo, wanting them to blend and harmonize with the words I find. This week, of all weeks, is such an overwhelm of emotion and gratitude.


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