Pathways through Lent

Learning to Walk in the Dark

walking dark

This year’s St. John’s Women’s Retreat theme was taken from a book by Barbara Brown Taylor, Learning to Walk in the Dark.  At first glance, I wasn’t sure what to make of this title or concept, but while I was preparing for the Lenten retreat, it grew on me.

Often we are afraid of the dark. We see evil or danger in the dark. And yet, the reality is that God is always with us, and especially in the dark, if we only take time to look. But where? The light that shines in the dark is the light within each of us. The light of God that can, if we allow it, guide us through those “dark” times of fear, sadness, and uncertainty.  But the important message is that we should not fear the dark but see it as an opportunity for quiet reflection, for seeing God differently, as well as seeing ourselves more deeply.    Fear not, but embrace that opportunity to walk in the dark.

May you find “light” and peace in the “darkness” of this Lenten season,

-Lisa Kirchenbauer


1 thought on “Learning to Walk in the Dark”

  1. This is one of my favorite Emily Dickinson poems:

    We grow accustomed to the Dark –
    When Light is put away –
    As when the Neighbor holds the Lamp
    To witness her Good bye –

    A Moment – We Uncertain step
    For newness of the night –
    Then – fit our Vision to the Dark –
    And meet the Road – erect –

    And so of larger – Darknesses –
    Those Evenings of the Brain –
    When not a Moon disclose a sign –
    Or Star – come out – within –

    The Bravest – grope a little –
    And sometimes hit a Tree
    Directly in the Forehead –
    But as they learn to see –

    Either the Darkness alters –
    Or something in the sight
    Adjusts itself to Midnight –
    And Life steps almost straight.

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