Day Thirty Three: God is with Me in Darkness and Light

God’s holy adventure embraces the dark as well as light. Personal healing and spiritual growth include what we can change as well as what we must endure with courage and equanimity Darkness has a life and light of its own. Darkness is the place of growth and birth, the womb of creativity. If God is omnipresent, present everywhere and in all things, darkness also reflects
God’s presence. Even in difficult moments, experiences that do not reflect God’s vision, God is with us, working for healing and wholeness.

We can experience God in every season of life. All seasons of life can be times of growth and adventure.

Awaken to God’s presence in all of life’s seasons – light and dark – through the following affirmations:

Wherever I go, I am in God’s hands.
Regardless of how I feel, God is with me.
I am always at home because God is with me.

Throughout the day, look for God’s presence in the negative as well as positive events of life. Awaken to possibilities in limitations as well as times of good fortune. Give thanks in all situations for God is near. In opening to God, we will find our way, experience new possibilities, and discover the energy necessary for facing whatever lies before us.

Bruce Epperly is a theologian, spiritual guide, healing companion, retreat leader and lecturer, and author of nineteen books, including Holy Adventure: 41 Days of Audacious Living; God’s Touch: Faith, Wholeness, and the Healing Miracles of Jesus; and Tending to the Holy: The Practice of the Presence of God in Ministry. He has taught at Georgetown University, Wesley Theological Seminary, Claremont School of Theology, and Lancaster Theological Seminary. He is currently theologian in residence at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He can be reached at

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About Bruce Epperly

Rev. Bruce Epperly, Ph.D., serves as Pastor at South Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Centerville, MA. Prior to coming to Cape Cod in 2013, he served on the faculties and often in administrative and chaplaincy roles at Georgetown University, Claremont School of Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary, and Lancaster Theological Seminary. Bruce is currently a professor in spirituality, ministry, and theology in the doctoral program at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. He has served as pastor or interim pastor of congregations in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. He is the author or co-author of over 35 books in the areas of theology, spirituality, ministerial excellence and spiritual formation, scripture, and healing and wholeness, including Process Theology: Embracing Adventure with God; Finding God in Suffering: A Journey with Job; From Here to Eternity: Preparing for the Next Adventure; and A Center in the Cyclone: Clergy Self-care in the 21st Century.