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Posts tagged: Advent

December Darkness

These December days feel dark with violence in the streets, angry unsettled people screaming. A starving teen of 35 pounds clings to life; a boy hidden behind a wall in his own father’s care finally reunites with his mom.

If ever we needed light in the darkness – it is now.

In the Advent (means “coming”) season – the four weeks before Christmas - we wait. We wait for the coming light of Christmas when a small child arrives among us, bringing a message of love for one another, an urging to follow the Spirit in our lives.

We live with so much chaos and terror. Turn off the nightly news – the Good News is coming. 

(S-R archive photo: Advent wreath)

In the messy trenches with Jesus

As we move into the almost third week of Advent, the days continue to get darker and longer. The third week of Advent is one that calls Christians to rejoice! The waiting is almost over. Thank God. After a day of mall violence and fiscal cliffhanging, we need reminding of the Light that is Christmas.

Writer Anne Lamott takes us on a journey of hope through an experience of Tom Weston, her friend. When Anne asked for a story of healing and hope, Tom didn’t hesitate to share a slice of his real life journey; a slice not decorated up for any holiday parade, but a slice of life where we encounter the distasteful, difficult, and unsavory side of humanity. And the intrinsic kindness of each other.

Her message? It is after all the whole point of our time together: to care for each other, at any time, in any moment, as we work together on our issues, lovely or not. For it is in those moments that the light of Christ shines within us and permeates the cracks around us. Cracks that appear in the most unlikely time and place.

The light awaits as we continue our Advent vigil.

(S-R archives photo)

Do you hear what I hear?

In the Christian tradition - Advent is here. A time of waiting, reflecting, listening in the darkness - waiting for the light. 

In U.S. Catholic, an essay published a few years ago always centers me at this time of year; I am reminded that the Spirit moves through all people and God being the creative being that God is…often sends prophets who are the least likely folks we would think to be prophets. People like Bonnie.

 May this time of winter darkness, be illuminated by voices weak, strong, daring, longing. And may we listen and take heed.

(S-R archives photo)

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