When the priests left the holy place,
the cloud filled the temple of the LORD
so that the priests could no longer minister because of the cloud,
since the LORD’s glory had filled the temple of the LORD.
(1 Kings 8: 10-11)
This moment in the first reading today, from the dedication of the Temple, is one of my favorites in all the Scriptures.
The priests could no longer minister because of the cloud.
To me it's an image of that place in prayer where religious ideas and concepts of God start to fail, and one can no longer 'minister,' in the sense of know what to do in order to serve 'God.'
And yet the Presence is there. Murky (the cloud), but also glorious and somehow full and complete (the LORD's glory had filled the temple).