Darkness falls in variously described circumstances, but the common factor is "absence." It may be the absence of light, the absence of health, or the absence of companionship. In these absences, the desert light stuns, the sand stings, and the solitude crushes. Our need is for a balm that will allow us to survive this harsh climate. But we’ve been given more than a balm. We’ve been given the eyes and ears and breath of God. We discover this gift in prayer, in the observance of nature, and in the simple act of waking from sleep. This is so simple, it can’t be the answer. We speak; God listens; we live.