The souls who love what glory the end shall reveal may rest confident under the shadow of threat, though former companions have fled. Their peace is rooted beyond today; and so it must be, for today the night is dark.
These are the children, the lights of the Father, whom this present darkness cannot overtake, traversing the road of sorrows into the dawn of a new day.
Discretion preserves them, understanding keeps them. The voice of their steps goes unheeded, except by the humble; and the keeping of their company denied, except by their kin in spirit.
Yet despair is not their song, nor is the dirge of this tired world echoed upon their tongues.
Through darkened glass their eyes behold what final triumph lies beyond the veil; for of that victory they have not only heard, but even already tasted, and the wondrous mystery of the ages has been made known to them.
In death, they have gained all; in life, their hope is manifest: Good tidings to the meek, wholeness to the broken, liberty to the captives, freedom to the bound. Sight for the blind, hearing for the deaf, speech for the mute, life for the dead.
From the throne of their King they carry one decree: that the hour and the time belong to Him, and the vengeance also. For His hand is ever at the ready, unto the swift ending of this age; but in the twilight of time, the hour is stayed for the sake of those in whom He shall reveal His delight.
To the mourning, He is comfort; to the lowly in ashes, He is the robe of splendor; to those who travail, the oil of joy; to the heavy in spirit, the garment of praise.
From His storehouse He is ready to pour forth deep waters, and fire to purge the dross.
Let the five be known from the ten, and let the watchful not look back when called from dusk into the brightness of the morning. For the eyes which see from heaven cannot remain shrouded in the grey clouds of earth, any more than the shadow can overcome that which casts its temporary form.
Discretion is the secret of the wise, and the fear of the Lord is the foundation of their peace.
His hand is a terror upon the rebellious; but His heaviness is the beloved dwelling place of the pure and humble.
Let the redeemed find no other resting place, for in Him no darkness can remain in them.
For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), discerning what is pleasing to the Lord.