darkness: how it reminds us to seek out the light

darkness - dawn breaking - how it reminds us to look for dawn's light (C) joylenton @poetryjoy.com

Autumn has just arrived in the Northern Hemisphere and I’m already getting twitchy about the imminent lack of light. Those of us who struggle with SAD symptoms can find ourselves at summer’s end mourning the diminishing daylight, while hating the longer, darker evenings and the realisation that clocks will soon go back an hour. But there is hope.

Because each season has its own beauty, its own story to tell, its own wondrous way of speaking to our souls. While we might deplore the lack of daylight hours autumn and winter present to us, we can try to deliberately aim to look for the positive in them as well.  Every drop of encouragement we can find will help nurture our souls.

We could note the beautiful golden hues and observe the altering landscape with eyes of intrigue and awe, rather than anxiety and fear. We could remind ourselves that hope, joy, and light can be found if we expectantly search them out and ask for God’s help. Because the dawn will rise faithfully, as always, even if we prefer to hunker down and hide under the duvet… 🙂

“Not knowing when the dawn will come,
I open every door” — Emily Dickinson

Darkness and Dawn

Darkness scares me,
seeping into my bones,
these walls, this soul,
the landscape, this home.

Autumn arrives
like a swiftly fallen curtain
extinguishing the light,
making things uncertain.

What if I could
see beyond the black,
penetrate the dark,
seek to hold it back?

Is it futile
to want the light
to linger here, where my
soul is edged in despair?

Perhaps I should
remind myself to pause,
open up the doors, each
room of house and heart.

If we allow
our spiritual sight
to see beyond it all,
this gaping void,

perhaps we would
find a place of hope,
of renewed joy,
saturated with light.

Because the dawn
must be breaking
somewhere now across
the sleepy globe,

spreading its rays
of hope, its flash of fire
into our anxious hearts,
our sad and fearful souls,

where it warms us
up, cheers our thoughts,
as it reorients them
back to life—back to God.

And so I bask
in this golden glow of grace,
rising faithfully
day after day.

It will not pause
because light and dark
exist to make us seek
and live lives of fearless faith.
© joylenton

Darkness and Dawn poem excerpt (C) joylenton @poetryjoy.com

“Things grow in the darkness: seeds, bulbs, dreams, babies. Can we trust that if we dare to probe the darkness we may discover things about ourselves that we might prefer not to know, but need to learn?” — Margaret Silf, Compass Points: Meeting God at Every Turn

Some useful resources you can access to help alleviate the darkness:
  1. Inspiring bible verses about light and darkness from OpenBible.Info
  2. 7 Little Shelters In The Storm Mood Boosters from Courtney Carver
  3. Embracing Hope: Soul Food to Help Chase Away the Blues from yours truly
  4. Self-Help Strategies for SAD from Psych Central
  5. Soul Shots: 31 Days of Pocket Wisdom for Your Hurting Heart my latest (free!!) pdf ebook to download ❤

6 thoughts on “darkness: how it reminds us to seek out the light

  1. Dear Joy,
    Thank you for bringing these bits of sparkling light for our days here! These words especially touched me today:

    “Because the dawn
    must be breaking
    somewhere now across
    the sleepy globe,

    spreading its rays
    of hope, its flash of fire
    into our anxious hearts,
    our sad and fearful souls,”

    Such a precious thought to ponder that HIS light is breaking somewhere even now in hearts that feels so lonely and dark. And my own heart is so lifted to remember that. He will bring His light for me also, when the night seems to stretch long. Thank you for all of the lovely links and quotes and music that you shared also. You always bring just the uplift that I need, and I am praising God for you today, dear friend. Blessings, love, and hugs for you in this beginning of Autumn Season. xoxo

    • Dear Bettie, I think those lines sprung from a need to believe it is so even though it can sometimes seem to take too long for dawn’s light to break through and dispel the darkness, whether metaphorical or otherwise. Our hearts could use a bit of lifting in these dark days we’re all living in. It warms my own to have succeeded in lifting yours a little through this poem.

      Thank you so much for your lovely, encouraging comment! It’s always a joy to be the bringer of a blessing, isn’t it? I thank and praise God for you, too, dear friend. Blessings, love and hugs are gratefully returned to you. As we slowly segue into autumn, may the beauty that exists bring you moments of joy, hope and peace. xoxo 💜

  2. This year’s coming darkness has been colored so much by Covid and the limitation in my life when winter sets in with it’s bitter cold. I appreciate the sense, that somewhere people are celebrating the light and all the gifts I’ve been enjoying these last months.

    • Shirley, I agree that the presence of Covid has deepened the darkness we sense. Wintry weather makes it seem grimmer, somehow, and more likely to be mixed up with seasonal flu and colds. My heart feels less heavy when I consider how the sun’s light and warmth is readily available to us even in smaller measures than before. And the ever-shining, inextinguishable Light of Christ glows ever brighter in seasons of hardship and darkness. May we cling to those hopeful thoughts when darkness seeks to invade our souls. Bless you, dear friend. xo 💜

  3. Joy, your words are such a balm in the midst of life’s storm. Yes, the darkness causes us to look for the light, the hope, because it’s always there if ever so small. Thank you! This part of your poem jumped out to me:
    “If we allow
    our spiritual sight
    to see beyond it all,
    this gaping void,

    perhaps we would
    find a place of hope,
    of renewed joy,
    saturated with light.”

    Blessings, love and hugs to you, dear sister! xoxo

    • Dear Gayl, I’m so glad these words feel that way to you. How we need a balm in these dark, unsettling times to help us feel less sad and overwhelmed! I appreciate you highlighting those lines from the poem because they hit home to me afresh. It’s all too easy to forget to look for that place of hope, joy and light which never disappears, even if we might think it has. Blessings, love and hugs to you, too, dear sister and precious friend! xoxo 😊💜

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