You may have heard the phrase ‘dark night of the soul’, originally attributed to St. John of the Cross – a mystic and poet. This idea of darkness refers to the invisibility and unknowability of God and is often used to describe the moments that feel like a crisis of faith. When you don’t know what to make of things anymore.
Maybe what was once easy to believe has become very difficult. Maybe what once held together feels like it’s falling apart.
And if it’s a dark night of the soul, we can maintain hope that morning light will come. Things won’t always feel like this.
But, how do we make it through the existential angst of midnight?
I was speaking with my friend Rach about this a while ago, and she had started to write a list of affirmations to hold onto when the light felt dim. I immediately thought — these could really help other people.
So this week on our podcast feed we’ve created an audio experience for you, with Rach sharing some of her affirmations.
I encourage you to listen, and to make a note of any that particularly resonate with you. You might want to choose one or two of these that you can memorise or write down somewhere, and hold onto when you need them.
We’re going to release a few of these in coming weeks, themed around slightly different areas we might be struggling with.
This first set is about things we can affirm regarding how a loving God would see us – even when our faith feels frayed. You can read a selection of these below or listen to hear the rest.
God doesn’t misunderstand me or wrongly judge me or think the worst of me.
God is not counting how many bible verses I read or how often I go to church.
God accepts me as I am today.
God loves us as we are — unsure, scared, longing for certainty in a world that continually offers up uncertainty and change.
Or use the player below (episode title: ’Affirmations: God’s love and my doubt’):
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