Praying to the God Who Dwells in Darkness

*Despite much thought and imagery around darkness being evil and something to be ashamed of, human testimony and sacred texts point to a God who is able to be with us in the dark. Consider this prayer that dances around the themes of Psalm 139.

Where can I go that You don’t inhabit?
Does the dark intimidate you?
Are You afraid of the dark as I often am?
Do the shadowy places cause You to take pause and carefully consider
Whether You will help me, support me, and guide me?

The words of the psalmist come to my mind as I remember that
“Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to you.” (Ps. 139:12)
I remember that the dark and the light mingle together for You and
That they are surely terrain that you can cross through.

On the night days, when grief, depression, anxiety weigh me down
Or the lonely days that pierce my soul
I pray to the God that creates in the dark
That moves in the dark
That can play in the dark
That can surely find me in the dark places
At all times knowing, shakily confident at least,
That You’re listening and willing.

-Robert Monson

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