Between Midnight and Dawn: The Unseen Seen

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So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthinians 4: 18

 

I believe I will never quite know.
Though I play at the edges of knowing,
truly I know
our part is not knowing,
but looking, and touching, and loving,
which is the way I walked on,
softly,
through the pale-pink morning light.
~Mary Oliver from Bone

 

It is in the early morning hour that the unseen is seen,
and that the far-off beauty and glory,
vanquishing all their vagueness,
move down upon us till they stand
clear as crystal close over against the soul.

~Sarah Smiley

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In the moments before dawn
when glow gently pink-tints
the inside of horizon’s eyelids,
the black of midnight
waxes to mere shadow:

that old faded midnight
That frightened but an hour. (from Emily Dickinson)

Gloaming dusk
fades into gleaming dawn,
a backlit silhouette stark
as the darkening earth
slowly opens her eyes
to greet in rebirth
a new and glorious morn.

 

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

One thought on “Between Midnight and Dawn: The Unseen Seen

  1. All thoughts expressed so beautifully here present a wonderful synchronization of the eternal Truth of our promised reality to come. The stunning dramatic photos can offer aids to help us deepen our meditation upon a mystery that cannot always be articulated by words alone.

    As he so often does, Paul puts the whole concept succinctly. His quote from 2 Corinthians could be further understood by the familiar idiom in our modern parlance, “When the rubber hits the road,” as well as biblical references to the familiar caveat, “Keep your eyes on the prize.”

    Thank you, Emily.

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