As the days get shorter, our yearning for light can grow. Yet at this time of lengthening nights, it is good to remember that God may also be found in darkness and shadow. I want to turn from contemplating divine light to divine darkness. Divine mystery. All that we cannot know.
What might it mean for us to see God in shadow? What are our images of God as darkness?
As Mary was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, so at the Eucharist we pray that the bread, the wine and we ourselves be so overshadowed – and so renewed.
The psalmist sings, ‘hide me under the shadow of your wings’. Well might we seek this shadow – and find it more dense, more deep, more challenging, more consoling, more revealing, more baffling, more stark, more gentle, than we can possibly imagine. We may find this shadow the place of divine mystery in which we are undone and made new. The place of mystery where our exile meets our belonging. A place where we can learn to dwell.