Thursday, March 6, 2008

Darkness...

Total darkness. Bit by bit the candles are extinguished. The prophet cries out in lamentation to God's people, "Return to Him." Through the words of the psalms, we see our Lord's progression to the day, the time... that day... that time...

When all of creation trembled. When darkness as had never been experienced before settled onto the Earth. When all was dark - at least for a moment. When it seemed to those who didn't know that it would be so forever. And even to those who knew, who'd been told for generations what was to come, but couldn't recognize it. And even to those who'd been told just seeming moments before...

...and yet, the darkness settled because the light would dawn again. The perfect light. The perfect darkness, as it were, was not defeat, but rather a opening into which perfect light would again break forth on the scene, return to the altar, and burn there - forever bright - for all of mankind.

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Tonight our seminary community celebrated an early Tenebrae service. If you've never taken the opportunity to attend a Tenebrae service in your area, consider doing so this year. For a moment, perhaps, feel just a bit of the soul's true lament - and the awakening (and peace, and calm) that always follows the dark. And the light - Oh the Light! - that breaks into the darkness. For a few moments, I am reminded of the stark reality of "what this is all about" - this life, this love, this journey that we are all on. Yes - joy comes in the morning. All we have to do is knock. Seek.