There is nothing I can give you which you have not;
but there is much I cannot give that you can take.
No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in today.
No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present instant.
The gloom of the world is but a shadow;
behind it, yet within reach, is joy.
There is radiance and glory in the darkness, could we but see;
and to see, we have only to look.
I beseech you to look.
Life is so generous a giver,
but we, judging its gifts by their covering,
cast them away as ugly, or heavy, or hard.
Remove the covering, and you will find beneath it
a living splendor, woven of love, by wisdom, with power.
~Fra Giovanni , a late 15th century monk and scholar, from Seeking Peace
We are reminded each day, as the night overtakes the light, that we have only to look and take what is gifted to us: the splendor and glory lies under the cover of darkness.
Each of us dwell in shadow, unwilling to be exposed and naked for all to see our failings, our blemishes and our weaknesses. We hide who we are, missing the offering up of this day, this moment.
Find rest today, this Sabbath, and take what is so freely given:
take heaven, take peace, take joy, take life on fully.
This moment, even when shrouded in darkness, never comes again.