Through the Dark Night of the Soul
Good Morning, Cathedral of Hope.
This week I heard from some of you who wanted to share with me how this Lent has been different from others in the past.
While there is a reality that our circumstances are certainly different – social distancing has caused many of us to live lives in a different way – but beyond that, the theme of our Lenten journey, “In the Midst of Darkness”, accompanied by the book by Barbara Brown Taylor, “Learning to Walk in the Dark”, has caused many of us to stop, pray and rethink some of the darkest moments in our lives.
Last Sunday was Laetare Sunday, or Pink Sunday. Traditionally, this Sunday has been a pause in the usual austere period of Lent and gives us a breather to celebrate, to rejoice which is the Latin root of the word.
We paused and surrounded ourselves with pink tulips as we worshiped in our sanctuary, broadcasting worship on our website, YouTube channel and Facebook page. We will do that again this Sunday (and Wednesday!). Although we will not be in the sanctuary, we will invite you to create your own “sanctuary” in your home or wherever you find yourself.
This Sunday we will continue our Lenten theme by thinking about the moments in our lives when we walk into and through the dark night of the soul. I know that many of us have experienced these times and that they often cause us to doubt God, our faith and our sense of humanness. Some might be experiencing this right now as we are separated from human touch and finding our safe 6-feet space.
Both our Modern Lesson and our Gospel will speak to these moments and hopefully they might speak to us as I preach again this Sunday.
As our Lenten journey continues, we are encouraged to embrace this God of darkness and light, knowing that there is no fear as we live into the experiences of life, not alone, but with God and the people of God with us.
The Reverend Dr. Neil G. Thomas