“At night there are tears, but joy comes with dawn.”

Psalm 29:5

Monday, 28 June 2021

Psalm 29:5

This week we will draw from a variety of scriptures to sustain us in this third wave of Covid.

As the third wave surges in Gauteng and gains momentum in other parts of the country, we are confronted with so many tears. It is a time of great loss. Many families are grieving the loss of loved ones. There are tears of grief and tears of anger and helplessness that the situation is so critical. Without corruption and greed, so much more could have been put in place.

Sometimes there are tears of anxiety and overwhelm. It feels like a long and dark night, and we do not know when the dawn will come. How do we live through the night of tears and hold onto the promise that eventually, the dawn will come and that we will again find joy?

Sometimes we can hold onto the small glimmers of light and hope that we can see like stars in the night -moments of connection, of hope, of beauty. For some whose suffering is especially great, there may be no glimmers of light visible right now. Yet, we are told that there is a promise. The dawn will come. “At night, there are tears, but joy comes with the dawn.”

We pause for a moment in prayer:
Take a moment to settle.
Perhaps close your eyes.
Become aware that God is present to you right now, at this moment.

What do you want to say to God? It’s ok if you are angry with God or feel distant. Just tell God honestly how you feel. What do you need most from God at this moment? Comfort? Peace? Hope? A sense that God is present with you? Take a moment now to ask God for what you need.

Loving God,

In this place of tears, Bring us your comfort and help us to comfort others for whom the night is especially dark right now. Through our love and concern, may they feel your care for them.

Amen.

 
Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell

Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell has worked in the area of Ignatian Spirituality for 19 years and heads up the work of the Jesuit Institute School of Spirituality. Her primary focus is the training and supervision of spiritual directors and the giving of retreats. She is also a registered Psychologist and her PhD focused on the interface between Christian Spirituality and Psychology. Annemarie is an editorial advisor to “The Way” journal of Spirituality and has authored a number of articles relating to the training of Spiritual Directors in an African context. She has contributed to several books, most recently co-authoring a book of Lenten Reflections: “Long Journey to the Resurrection”. She has contributed to international conferences and consultations in Spirituality in the United Kingdom; the United States; Rome; Spain, Ethiopia, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

a.paulin-campbell@jesuitinstitute.org.za @annemariepc_c
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