Dark Night, Morning Light

Wednesday, April 23

4-23By Michalina Bartlett of Gainesville, Florida, USA

And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion.

—Psalm 9:10–11

What is your night and what is your song? We spend much of our lives in darkness. It is hard to see the joy without light. Night can bring feelings of loss, depression, and suffering. It can mean feeling loneliness and separation from God’s love. Most of us can say, “I am one who knows the night.”

Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

—Psalm 30:5

Here is my psalm:
My night is sad; my night is so dark. I am afraid. Tears are in the darkness. The night is everywhere I go. The night is so alone for me. I am lost. Still I sing.

Arise and sing into the night. What does the song mean? The song of the nightingale is a song of longing—longing for a heavenly home. Nightingale, you break the lonely silence of the dark.

You are a hiding-place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.

—Psalm 32:7

Here is my song:
Let it be a song of joy, a song of peace, a song of love, an unforgettable song. I sing of God’s goodness as the light in my heart. The gift of our song is joy to us and is like no other. What is your night, and what is your song?

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

—Psalm 27:1

Prayer for Peace
We praise you, God, for the bird that sings, for the branch to which it clings, and the earth from which the tree springs. We rejoice in the light the morning brings.

Spiritual Practice: God’s Healing Light
Today’s intercessory prayer comes from the Quaker tradition. Become still and turn your attention to God. Prayerfully identify a person in need of healing, blessing, or guidance. Close your eyes and imagine God’s presence surrounding the person. See or sense the person held in God’s light. Continue holding the person in the light and release the person into whatever blessing God knows is needed.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will sing of you when my life gets dark.

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