Invitation to SEE in the Dark

Shady black rolls into town —comes as stripes of darknessthat infiltrate the spaceThis story begins with the line,“On a dark and stormy night,”it’s an ancient story told —one you may have heard beforewith death as a central point When this thread is told,a cloak of grief descends,a dappled blue fog of sadness hangs,may even lure one towarda grim alleyway of lostnesswhere black is on trial Of all the hues, you see—black is the edgy oneit’s identity has been up in the air for some time— is it all pigments mixed togetheror the absence of light? this confusion has turned black…

Midnight: Vigil (Good Friday)

I continue my focus on the monastic practice of seven daily pauses. From midnight to 6am are the hours of Vigil, keeping watch, waiting. A wonderful book greatly aiding me through this series is Seven Sacred Pauses by Macrina Wiederkehr. Worry awakens, “Why this now? What will I do?” Wait, wrapped in Christ’s love.


The Word hangs lifeless. Silence after silence sweeps. Love pours out for all. To Ponder: John 19:30 “When he had received the sour wine, Jesus said, “It is completed.” Bowing his head, he gave up his life.” Spend some time today allowing yourself to sink into a space of emptiness and unknowing around the death of Christ. Consider writing a journal entry about what Christ’s sacrifice means to you. Prayer: Loving Savior, Today let me observe your sacrifice with compassion and mercy. Open my eyes to what this gift of love means for my life. Amen.