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Saturday, March 19, 2016

No Matter How Dark the Night

This Too Shall Pass

No matter how dark the night, somehow the sun rises once again and all the shadows are chased away.”
David Matthew

From time to time, I am invited to spend a weekend with friends at their lake house. It is such a gift! Waking to the pale blue sky reflected in water, and the sound of loon song is next door neighbor to heaven for me. It's almost impossible to be melancholy when surrounded by so much beauty. When I am sad, or tired, or burned out, this is the antidote. Watching ripples on the water lulls me into silence, and there my soul and body recover.

When we're going through hard times, it's easy to believe the sun will never shine again. When all we see around us is dark and darker still, we lose faith that the night will make its inexorable journey into morning. “This too shall pass away,” ancient wisdom of the great Sufi poets, is worth repeating. Also, the words of St. Teresa of Avila, “Let nothing perturb you, nothing frighten you. All things pass. God does not change.” Words of reassurance in dark times.

I know several souls who are walking in the shadow-lands right now. If you are too, hold firm, but do not hunker down to wait for the light. Make peace with the darkness; at least half our lives are spent there. Take yourself out to a place of beauty and allow it to sooth you. This too shall pass.

                                                        In the Spirit,

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