Tag: darkness

That Was My Genesis

God made both spirit

And body

.

The inner

And outer soul

.

God knew me furled

In the womb

.

Calling from darkness

To light

.

And that was

My genesis

.

The beginning

Of my personal world.

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Image by Eric Michelat from Pixabay

Journey Through The Darkness

I journeyed through the dark streets

through many days of advent 

And arrived at a place

of still greater darkness 

And in the darkness there came a vision

It was not the brightness of Christmas lights

 

Or the glory of angels

But the communication of God

 

Pregnant with meaning

wrapped in a newborn babe. 

.

 

Connect With All That Links The Soul

God is

In all things

.

God was

In darkness

.

And in

Mystery

.

The silent voices

Speaking to me

.

In bleak and blank

Experience

.

To leave the solitary

Experiment

.

Connect with all

That links the soul

.

To infinities

Of consolation

.

The blessing

Of the spirit’s life

.

And my

Salvation.

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Image by Михаил Нечаев from Pixabay

The Turning

Sometimes there is a turning

To darkness

.

A fleeing

From the light

.

When the spirit longs

For a freeing

.

From the night

Of selfhood

.

From only-ness

The loneliness

.

Of a sole existence

Touch my spirit now

.

With those rays

Of bright hope

.

Those ways

Of love and gentleness

.

Those journeyings

To peace.

.

“Touch my spirit now”

Spiritual Reflection: On Being a Spiritual Person – Vocation

 

My vocation encompasses my being, my thinking, my planning, my decisions, the words I say and everything I do.  It encompasses everything.  And it is a vocation, because it is a life I am called to. 

“God called you out of darkness into his wonderful light”  

1 Peter 2:9

But even though the vocation and the light is wonderful, it is clear that I am not “wonderful” all the time.  Human error, past hurts, shortcomings, character flaws, selfishness, moodiness – these all take their toll on my vocation, so my being, my thinking, my planning, my decisions, the words I say and everything I do is often not what I would want it to be if I really was completely out of darkness and a being of total light. 

So vocation creates a powerful tension in the spiritual life: a tension between being a person with faults and failures, and being a person called to praise and pray, laugh and love. 

To help me, I have disciplines, beliefs, values, choices, grace, nurture and relationships, experience and nature – and these are for another post. 

Free to Choose

Free to choose

            to remain in darkness

.

Or move nearer

            the light of love

.

Which now shines

            so brightly

.

Regardless or not

            of our acceptance.

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from ‘Returning to the Father’, a sequence inspired by Henri Nouwen’s book about Rembrandt’s painting of Jesus’ parable of The Prodigal Son