Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.
         Comfort, O comfort my people,
                  says your God.
         Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
                  and cry to her that her time is over.

                   —Isaiah 40.1-2

There is a limit to everything,
even the infinite darkness.

Our loneliness and dereliction
are held in God’s arms;
at the farthest end of the road,
our home awaits us.

Of our fullest sorrow,
our foulest shame and terror,
God says It is enough,
and offers grace where we cannot.
The Word is made flesh,
and this life of blood and dust
is made holy.
God comes to be with us,
so that earth is heaven,
no dark is absolute,
and hell itself
is incomplete.

In our deepest night,
most shadowed day,
God says to the darkness
Come no farther, and it bows,
blessed to be given a sabbath,
an end to its labors.

The smallest moment
is expansive with glory,
the dreary and the frightening
are radiant with hope,
the infinite darkness
is bounded by light.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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