Eighteenth Meditation

(The Dark Night, book II: chapter 10)


"The Light of Israel will become a fire, Israel's Holy One a flame, that burns and consumes his briers and his thorns in a single day. His splendid forests and orchards will be consumed, soul and body;" (38)


The Scorched Log

At first, the log is dried by cure;
The cool flames consume the bark;
The foul smoke lifts what's impure --
Leaving the log blackened and stark.

Then the log's core catches the flame;
The last impurities are scorched;
Fire and log become the same --
Heat and light shine from what was torched.

God's love ignites senses and soul;
Consuming the impurities.
A new creation is the goal --
Transcending her iniquities.

The Living Flame longs to instill:
Faith's light to show her Wisdom's ways;
Love's warmth to hold and free her will;
Hope's rays to set her heart ablaze.

This controlled burning must be done
That log and Flame may glow as one.


May the Living Flame enkindle our hearts and souls so that we may be radiate His Love in union with Him.


38. Isaiah 10:17-18


(c) Paul Buis, 2004