This morning the sky was dark, and as we left home for Meeting it was raining heavily. Electric lights were on in the Meeting House hallway and kitchen, but the meeting room itself was a quiet pool of shadow.
This morning’s ministry was all of Light. At least three Friends stood to minister, and if my own experience was anything to go by, quite a few more nearly stood, but realised that their nascent ministry had already been given in other words by another Friend. Light flowed throughout the shadowed room, and beneath our closed eyelids. I was reminded of James Nayler’s words (QFP 21.65):
Art thou in the Darkness? Mind it not, for if thou dost it will fill thee more, but stand still and act not, and wait in patience till Light arises out of Darkness to lead thee. Art thou wounded in conscience? Feed not there, but abide in the Light which leads to Grace and Truth, which teaches to deny, and puts off the weight, and removes the cause, and brings saving health to Light.
The “infinite ocean of light and love” (George Fox) that had carried us, landed us gently on the hour’s farther shore, the home we have found since we moved here. This is a good place to be, and we are not always grateful enough…