Within the Cloud

“Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night
 left its place in front of the people.” — Exodus 13:22, (NRSV)

Do the low-hanging clouds trouble you, blocking the Light?
Does not God come to you in a pillar of cloud,
a fog that surrounds you, caresses you, penetrates you?

Do not be troubled:  constant light can blind you.
Let the cloud, in your unseeing, in your unknowing,
give you rest for a time.

When you may least expect it,
the surrounding cloud becomes
amazing colors, dancing light, filling you with fire.
And you are alive again.

© 1996

About Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith has 20 years’ experience in technical writing and management in software companies. She also has more than 20 years in Christian ministry as an educator, course designer, retreat leader, spiritual director, pastor, and coach. A United Methodist Deacon, Smith has her M.Div. from Boston University. She is a graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance, and is certified in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Leadership from Boston College.
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