You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress;
my God, in whom I trust.”
When I close my eyes,
other than to sleep,
sometimes, I do so to avoid seeing this world’s
wrought by natural calamities
and the work of the hands of human cruelty
and etched in my mirrored-countenance’s deep-lines of spiritual poverty.
And when I close my eyes to evade all this,
sometimes, I relish the darkness
that, for me, implies Your presence;
for You, Almighty One,
alway beyond the reach of my reason,
my conceiving or comprehending,
dwell in that shadow far-surpassing my fullest knowing.
Aye, O Lord, my God,
You are Shadow;
yet Your Darkness is brighter
than the most brilliant light.
Therefore, alway in You,
come what may,
I do not…I will not fear
to make You my safest refuge,
my trusted dwelling-place.