Amen! And may our minds be free enough from the clutter of all the craziness of of this time of year to experience Jesus’ gentle hand! And love the pictures Nicole captured in our home!!! 🙂
Look to God and be radiant. The Dark Night of the Soul, the love poem of St. John of the Cross, beautifully describes an encounter with Jesus at a most dark moment in his life. It was only in the darkest place that the light of God’s love became visible, with more radiance than he could have ever before perceived—and it changed him, transformed him:
O guiding night!
O night more lovely than the dawn!
O night that has united
the Lover with his beloved,
transforming the beloved in her Lover.
But, in the seventh stanza, John of the Cross discovers that all his other senses muddied and dulled his ability to know the touch of Jesus, the joy of God’s embrace, even if, at first contact, it seems painful:
it wounded my neck
with its gentle hand,
suspending all my senses.
Just as peace is known only when…
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