Conversatio Divina

O, Lent. I dread the darkness…

Jean Nevills

To trust God in the light is nothing, but to trust God in the dark—that is faith.

–Charles H. SpurgeonC.H. Spurgeon, Sermon No. 733, Unstaggering Faith. Delivered on Lord’s-Day Morning, Februray 3rd, 1867.At the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington.  Spurgeon, Charles H. (2013 e-book). “The Complete Works of C. H. Spurgeon, Volume 13: Sermons 728 to 787”, Nook-Web version p. 173, Delmarva Publications, Inc.

Before there is any Light that I can see

while it is still night with me,

already you are my heart’s Yes

responding to your Presence,


more felt and yet the inner eye

sees ruddiness on a charcoal-cheeked sky,


a blush on the ebony face of Love toward me; it’s true

the darkness is not dark to youPsalm 139, vs. 9-12 (NRSVUE)

not the Earth’s, nor man’s,

nor mine—

even there your hand shall lead me,

in your right hand, i am Thine;


in an instant my house all stilled,The Dark Night: Stanzas of the Soul by John of the Cross
One dark night,
fired with love’s urgent longings
— ah, the sheer grace! —
I went out unseen,
my house being now all stilled.
In darkness, and secure,
by the secret ladder, disguised,
— ah, the sheer grace! —
in darkness and concealment,
my house being now all stilled.

Thy Breath a whisper at my heart’s ear:

“Do not be afraid, I Am right here.”