CandlesSometimes life is not too clear.  Sometimes we can’t see what is before us, and we don’t know how we’ll make it through the day, week, month, or year.  In those times, I am reminded of the only thing I can do.  All I can do is look to the hills, for God alone provides.  As I wrote over at More Than A Beard last week, “sometimes we need to hold on to a confidence in God’s provision.  This same God who brought Israel out of bondage in Egypt and the same God who raised Christ from the dead, this same God abides.  He’s done it before, he’ll do it again.”

Dear reader, know that God provides even in the desert.  And when things look the gloomiest, look to the hills.  For it it the LORD who will light your lamp, he will lighten your darkness.

Creator of all things, true source of light and wisdom, origin of all being,
graciously let a ray of your light penetrate
the darkness of my understanding.
Take from me the double darkness
in which I have been born,
an obscurity of sin and ignorance.
Give me a keen understanding,
a retentive memory, and
the ability to grasp things correctly and fundamentally.
Grant me the talent of being exact
in my explanations and the ability to express myself
with thoroughness and charm.
Point out the beginning,
direct the progress,
and help in the completion.
I ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

– Thomas Aquinas