earthy monk

I read a line in a John Updike poem years ago that has become an epiphany for me today about the journey into healing.  The line was simple and succinct: “healing is an act of darkness.”  That line illuminated the darker recesses of my heart because I am at a point in my life where I feel like I’m in a rut, stuck in a darkened room and left to my own devices to find my way.  But I know I am not alone.

Healing is an act of darkness but it is also an an act that occurs in darkness.  Healing can be likened to groping in the shadows for the light switch.

The journey of healing resembles the journey towards one’s calling as well for they both need darkness to gestate and be birthed into being by God’s tender mercies.  Sometimes we stumble into our healing as much…

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