Thought for the Week: Holding in the Light

'Holding in the Light (for Freda, who is a friend but not a Friend)' by Joanna Dales

What can it mean to hold you in the Light?

It cannot change God’s Will, or Fate, or Chance,

The chain, the world-without-end linear dance

Of causes and effects, turn wrong to right.

To pray, to supplicate whatever might

Occur that it accommodate my wants

Is foolishness, is sheer irrelevance;

Deserting reason’s day for ancient night.

Yet, if I bring my Inward Light to shine

Upon your suffering, and on the grace

Visible in your life and in your face

It clothes them in a radiance divine,

Illuminating not just you, but all

The others among whom my steps may fall.

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