This week we are with the poetry of Denise Levertov (1923-1997)

Today’s Bible reading and an excerpt

Read 1 John 1:1-10

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 

More thoughts for meditation

To Speak

To speak of sorrow
works upon it
         ……………..moves it from its
crouched place barring
the way to and from the soul’s hall –

out in the light it shows clear, whether
shrunken or known as
a giant wrath—
                               discrete
at least, where before

its great shadow joined 
the walls and roof and seemed
to uphold the hall like a beam.

This poem is a perfect anthem for the ways of grief – for observing the motions of your mind – for taking your thoughts captive for Christ – for observing your fearsome insides from the safety of God’s lap. Getting words like these into our memories would serve us well when we are tempted to abandon the whole house because it seems so completely filled with grief. If memorization is something you do or would like to try, this would be a good one to memorize.

Suggestions for action

Speak some sorrow in your journal. This might be your daily practice and Levertov here is “preaching to the choir.” But I can’t imagine that daily sharing of your sorrow with Jesus would make you anything but a choir member indeed, and choir members love to sing. How will you receive the light shining on your darkness today? Hopefully Levertov’s words infuse you with courage to shine bright.