February 4 - Points of Light in the Darkness of Night
As we continue to move through the hours of the day, today’s focus is on the darkness of night.
The traditional prayers for the hours of the day begin and end in darkness.
The monstic hours begin with Matins or Vigils, prayers prayed in the pre-dawn hours. The day ends with Compline or Night Prayer to end the day. Each of these is a prayer that happens in the darkness.
I am curious about how our seeing shifts in the darkness. When we allow our eyes to adjust, we may see more than we initially expected. Stargazers intentionally carry red flashlights to be able to see enough but not so much that their eyes lose the adjustment of vision to the darkness. When we allow our eyes to adjust to darkness, we see points of light more clearly.