The darkness loves to parade itself, God,

to draw our attention and steal our energy,

with fearful threats

and dire prophecies of doom;

and we all too easily give it just what it seeks.


But, if we can just drag our gaze away

we discover that there is another reality;

that your light shines undimmed,

that your care is undiminished,

that your strength and protection

are unfailing.


And so, even in the midst of pain, suffering, evil

even when it seems your light is almost out,

we choose to remain under the shadow of your wings;

to trust in your salvation,

to speak your words,

and to dispel the darkness

by lighting the flame of faith again

in our hearts.