By Joyce Rupp 
O God,
as I look back at my life
I see many little pieces of light.
They have given me hope and comfort
in my bleak and weary times.

I thank you for the radiance
of a dark sky full of stars,
and for the faithful light of dawn
which follows every turn of darkness.

I thank you for loved ones and strangers
whose inner beacons of light
have warmed and welcomed my pain.

I thank you for your presence in my depths,
protecting, guiding, reassuring, loving.

I thank you for all those life-surprises
which sparked a bit of hope in my ashes.

And, yes, I thank you for my darkness,
(the unwanted companion I shun and avoid)
because this pushy intruder comes with truth
and reveals my hidden treasures to me.