Dark glory

         Then the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the Holy One.
         A cloud filled the house of the Holy One,
         so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud;
         for the glory of the Holy One filled the house of God.
         Then Solomon said, “God, you have said you would dwell in thick darkness.”

                   —from 1 Kings 8.6-12

It is not all brightness and light.
The cloud of God is dark, and we cannot see.
God is all love and mostly mystery,
without clarity, without certainty.
We live with that.
The darkness, children, is blessed.
In that unknowing, in that unsayable truth,
burns the heart of What Is.
We gaze into the dark glory,
not to wish it bright,
but to learn to trust the dark.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

August 20, 2021

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