Between Midnight and Dawn: Not Ready at All

photo by Joel DeWaard

The people walking in darkness
    have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
    a light has dawned.
~Isaiah 9:2


In the dark I rest,
unready for the light which dawns
day after day,
eager to be shared.
Black silk, shelter me.
I need
more of the night before I open
eyes and heart
to illumination. I must still
grow in the dark like a root
not ready, not ready at all.
~Denise Levertov


Take heart…
There is a power here in the bowels of the earth,
a “deeper magic,” as C.S. Lewis called it. 
Death is not given the final word.
Christ doesn’t need to turn east to greet the sunrise:
he is himself the Dawn by whose light we see light (Psalm 36:9). 
The sun will not set again. 
That was our last night.
~Sarah Arthur from Introduction to Between Midnight and Dawn


When we go through a string of February gray rainy days that begin and end in an all-encompassing and, in some ways, comforting darkness, I often feel “hunkered down.”  I’m seeking shelter right now, surrounded like a root yet to sprout, needing time to ready myself for the power of the Light soon to come.


During this Lenten season, I will be drawing inspiration from the new devotional collection edited by Sarah Arthur —Between Midnight and Dawn

photo by Joel DeWaard

2 thoughts on “Between Midnight and Dawn: Not Ready at All

  1. So much here, Emily. A veritable feast for the soul. Each separate unique thought needs to be taken in, absorbed – as we acknowledge by faith and relive anew the glory and gift of that salvific event over two millennia ago.

    – Isaiah warning us that, once again, we have become a people walking in darkness.
    – de Waard’s stunning ethereal photo depicting what could be interpreted as pure silence and serenity– with a hint (preview) of the Light to come (as shown in the lower left distance).
    – Levertov’s honesty and humility in admitting ‘unreadiness’ for the Light; ‘black silk’ as shelter – strong enough to keep out that which does not belong; blackness (as in absence of color/light) to demonstrate the powerful difference between it and the Light to come.
    – Emily’s expectant stance – hunkered down, making herself ready — watching for the nascent root to sprout and reach its fullness when the Light appears in all of its glory, making all things known and seen. Nothing hidden now.

    This is the Light that has been intended and prophesied since the creation of the Universe and before, when all was just an empty void, waiting to be filled by our Creator God and given to us as an eternal sign of His love for us.

    Thank you, Emily.


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