‘If darkness is evil, or the bitterness and pain we find in life, it is covered over by light.’
‘Darkness is not dark to you, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light to you are both alike.’ Psalm 139:12 lives with me as a statement of the power and Otherness of God. I quote the version from the Church of England’s Celebrating Common Prayer. I used that book for some time, praying daily in familiar poetic words. I loved the verse, though I never understood it. That was unimportant: it explains God not by bringing God down to our level but by seeking to raise us to God’s. God for me then was a reality apart from me, the Creator of heaven and earth, whom I worshipped with beautiful words, alone or with others.
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