We would rather be in the light than in the dark.
We would rather see than be clouded with the shadows of the night.
We would rather be comforted by a nightlight than wonder about what lies under our bed or behind the closet door.
Darkness means many things—and those things often elicit an element of fear. Learning to walk in the dark takes time and patience and courage, much courage. In the words of Barbara Brown Taylor, “Darkness is shorthand for anything that scares me—either because I am sure that I do not have the resources to survive it or because I do not want to find out.” Still, Taylor maintains, “I have learned things in the dark that I could never have learned in the light, things that have saved my life over and over again, so that there is really only one logical conclusion. I need darkness as much as I need the light.”
We will be learning, throughout Lent, what it means to walk in the dark. We will witness the Israelite story of God working at night providing manna for early morning pick-up. We will stand dumbfounded with Abraham gazing at the stars and join Jacob’s wrestling match in the stillness of the night. We will learn from Moses how darkness can cover a nation and what it looks like to pray with Jesus in Gethsemane. Through it all, we will seek to walk and trust God through every season of life.
Wednesday, February 24
MANNA IN THE MORNING
In the evening food came and covered the camp. Exodus 16:4-7, 13-21
Wednesday, March 3
THE STARS OF NIGHT
Look toward heaven and count the stars. Genesis 15:1-5
Wednesday, March 10
WRESTLING WITH GOD
And a man wrestled with him until daybreak. Genesis 32:22-32
Wednesday, March 17
THE FEAR OF THE LORD
Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was. Exodus 20:18-21
Wednesday, March 24
Remain here and stay awake with me. Matthew 26:36-46
Join us as we read Barbara Brown Taylor’s book Learning to Walk in the Dark. It is a profound read! Books are available in the church office for free, thanks to a generous donation from the First Lutheran Foundation. Also, we use this book to guide our conversation as we host in-person and virtual studies throughout Lent.
Book Study Opportunities
Friday, March 5, 8 p.m.
Meet at Rollie’s house, 505 66th Ave. N., Moorhead
(Tentative date based on weather conditions.)
When the sun takes its daily dive below the horizon and delivers nighttime to your doorstep, what better time is there to experience what it literally means to “walk in the dark.” By hiking at night, you are deliberately reducing your ability to use your vision to navigate. This gets you to focus on your other senses. In the same way, there is something about the dark that helps hone our focus on God.