In The Darkest

It is a vision that struck me as odd for I’d

not seen it before. I noticed the heart of

the word “prayer” is the word “ray.”

Not the name of a man who possibly

wears sideburns and prefers classic country

and the smell of Old Spice. But rather

“ray” as in a beam of radiant energy

of small cross section. Yes, that ray.

Being a man of (honestly) moderate cross

section is it emboldening to think of my

dullish pleas as instead glimmers or flickers

of radiance noticed by the One in the highest

who keeps watch over us here in the darkest.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,329 other subscribers


  1. Sallie on December 1, 2019 at 6:55 am

    Simply and deeply, thank you!

  2. Debi on December 1, 2019 at 7:06 am

    This is so good. An insight into something I have looked at thousands of times, but never saw.

    • Mark on December 1, 2019 at 2:22 pm

      Love this.

  3. Doug Mitchell on December 1, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Thank you

  4. Sherrey Meyer on December 1, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Thank you for the loveliness contained in this poem.

    • Gwen Acres on December 1, 2019 at 10:24 pm

      And thus a ray of hope. Thank you John…always.

  5. Liz jones on December 2, 2019 at 1:10 am

    Touching and beautiful John. Keeping you in my prayers.

  6. Rhonda Wray on December 3, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    This “Wray” thanks you for your unique way of seeing.

  7. Candace on December 5, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    I love this so much, mainly for the words, but also because years ago in reading one of the stories of a person reporting what they saw when they were dead for a bit …. and they saw all these bright lights and were told they were prayers …. happy happy advent expectation!

Leave a Comment