Dark Night

Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-14
“Now that I no longer desire all, I have it all without desire.” 
― St. John of the Cross
You may or may not have ever heard of St. John of the Cross, but what he wrote about you have no doubt experienced. John was a Spanish Carmelite monk who lived in the 16th Century. He is best known for writing “The Dark Night of the Soul” in which he describes a familiar experience–the loss of all pleasure associated with one’s spiritual experience. We may refer to it as a “dry spell”, but we all identify with periods in which we feel spiritually dry as toast, and would rather watch paint peel than read Scripture, pray, or suffer through another church service. John’s great gift to us is his reminder that these times are actually a gift from God, orchestrated to wrestle away control from us and lead us away from loving God for what we get out of it, and into a fuller and deeper relationship of loving God for who he is. The darker the night becomes, the more intense is our search for the only light that matters. 

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