We grow accustomed to the Dark —
When Light is put away —
As when the Neighbor holds the Lamp
To witness her Good bye —
A Moment — We Uncertain step
For newness of the night —
Then — fit our Vision to the Dark —
And meet the Road — erect —
And so of larger — Darknesses —
Those Evenings of the Brain —
When not a Moon disclose a sign —
Or Star — come out — within —
The Bravest — grope a little —
And sometimes hit a Tree
Directly in the Forehead —
But as they learn to see —
Either the Darkness alters —
Or something in the sight
Adjusts itself to Midnight —
And Life steps almost straight.
So few grains of happiness
measured against all the dark
and still the scales balance.
The world asks of us
only the strength we have and we give it.
Then it asks more, and we give it.
~Jane Hirschfield from “The Weighing”
I admit that I’m stumbling about in the dark right now,
bearing the bruises and scrapes of
random collisions with objects hidden in the night.
My eyes must slowly adjust to such bare illumination,
as the Lamp has been carried away.
I must feel my way through this time of life.
I suspect there are fellow darkness travelers
who also have lost their way and their Light,
giving what they can and sometimes more.
And so, blinded as we each are,
we run forehead-first into the Tree
which has always been there and always will be.
Because of who we are and Who loves us,
we, now free and forgiven,
follow a darkened road nearly straight, all the way Home.
May you see God’s light on the path ahead
when the road you walk is dark.
May you always hear even in your hour of sorrow
the gentle singing of the lark.
When times are hard
may hardness never turn your heart to stone.
May you always remember when the shadows fall–
You do not walk alone.
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Beautiful, comforting thoughts on ‘not walking alone,’ Emily. Thank you.
He has shown us that gifted sureness in so many ways:
in His Ministry and Teaching, His love shown to all, especially
to those stripped of their dignity by misfortune, cruel racism, and economics.
It was, and will always be, His acceptance of that terrible death of the Cross
of salvation and forgiveness that is proof of His promised Presence among each
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