I will keep still and wait like the night with starry vigil and its head bent low with patience … The morning will surely come, the darkness will vanish…

– Rabindranath Tagore

O God, as I look back at my life I see many little pieces of light. They have given me hope and comfort in my bleak and weary times. I thank you for the radiance of a dark sky full of stars, and for the faithful light of dawn that follows every turn of darkness. I thank you for loved ones and strangers whose inner beacons of light warmed and welcomed my pain. I thank you for your presence in my depths, protecting, guiding, reassuring, loving. I thank you for all those life-surprises that sparked a bit of hope in my ashes. And, yes, I thank you for my darkness (the unwanted companion I shun and avoid) because this pushy intruder comes with truth and reveals my hidden treasures.

– Joyce Rupp

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