Cloudy Days


Well, I’m in Cleveland right now.

It’s April, and it’s snowing. It looks like it’s the middle of winter.

Days like this used to really get me down because it’s so cloudy and dark. You can’t even see the sun all day long.

A good friend of mine said to me one time that she loved cloudy days. I asked her why she would ever like cloudy days. She told me that on cloudy days she feels like she’s wrapped in God’s love.  That he is so close. So now, on cloudy days, I have that same feeling.

I can look at the sky and see the dark clouds – but also realize that I am wrapped in God’s love.

The church uses incense, which is also symbolic of being in the presence of God.  And so for me, that is how I tend to see cloudy days now. God is so close, and he has me wrapped in his presence.

Even though we can’t see the sun, there’s something very mysterious and beautiful about dark cloudy days in Cleveland.

About the Author Fr. Michael Denk

Fr. Michael was ordained into priesthood in the Diocese of Cleveland on May 12, 2007. He is dedicated to helping others encounter Christ through the celebration of the Eucharist, preaching, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, spiritual direction, and prayer.

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