The great cloud of witnesses across the centuries!
Cloud Devotion is based upon The Cloud of Unknowing, one of the great classics of Christian spirituality. It was written in the middle of England perhaps near Nottingham, in the middle of the fourteenth century. The anonymous author wrote in the language of common people, not in Latin. The Cloud—as it is often known—describes spiritual life with God in down-to-earth, domestic language, with a holistic and humble vision of everyday spirituality. In this edition ofThe Cloud of Unknowing, I’ve sought to remain as true as possible to the voice of this medieval classic.Cloud Devotion follows the original Middle English text sentence by sentence, with my own translation and paraphrase. I’ve divided the work into 366 small portions, adding a Scripture passage related to the theme from each daily reading. I invite you to walk with God as you read this book. My hope is that you will hear Christ’s personal and intimate invitation to come closer to God within the Cloud of Unknowing. As the writer of the Book of Hebrews proclaims, “We are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1). Along with the great cloud of witnesses across the centuries who have encountered God throughThe Cloud of Unknowing, may you also enter more fully into the brightness and glory of God’s presence.