(The Dark Night, book II: chapter 19-20)
"Jacob left Beer-sheba, and went toward
Haran. And he came to a certain place, and
stayed there that night, because the sun
had set. Taking one of the stones of the
place, he put it under his head and lay down
in that place to sleep. And he dreamed that
there was a ladder set up on the earth, and
the top of it reached to heaven; and behold,
the angels of God were ascending and descending
on it! And behold, the LORD stood above it"
The Ladder of Love
|Ev'rything seems like a waste;
All that's not God has lost its
|Oh, where is He, my Lord so fair?
I'm still searching -- He's here,
|These countless works I'll offer Him;
But who am I -- my light's so
|For Him, I'll cross the desert first;
Without regard for heat or thirst.
|This thirst for Him burns in my breast.
Hurry, my Lord! I cannot rest.
|I'll sprint to Him with greatest speed;
He is my strength; on Him I feed!
|My love for Him's bold and daring;
This flame within burns with
|I'm in His arms; to Him I cleave;
In this embrace, how can I leave?
|My soul's consumed beneath His flame;
Log and fire are now the same.
|The pure in heart behold His face;
My soul exists in His embrace.
May the Lord of love draw us and guide
in our ascent to Him.
49. Genesis 28: 10-13a
(c) Paul Buis, 2004