December 23, 2020
Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent
A diversion from our Psalms for today…
Praying with this verse from today’s first reading,
a reflection rose in my spirit that I would like to share with you all.
None of us ever again wants a Christmas like this.
But pause to want this one enough to receive its blessings.
I hear the soft rumble, like thunder,
of Christmas approaching
– struck by the awareness
that we have never shared
such as this.
Oh Beloveds, in our fear, frustration,
loneliness and loss,
let us not lose this moment
when Christ comes to us
as Christ has never come before.
Out of the darkness,
out of loss,
out of separation,
out of helplessness,
out of pandemic
still Christ comes…
with a message
maybe lost in former,
more comfortable years…
carried to us, now,
on a “star” not seen in 800 years.
I am Love.
I am Life.
I am Wholeness.
I am Forever.
And I am Emmanuel
And I will lead you
to my heart.
But you must seek me
in the secret
of this unparalleled time.
There is a most vulnerable place
in your depth.
These times have laid it bare.
Invite me there.
Seek me there.
It is the temple
where I want to come to you
Poetry: The Coming of Light – Mark Strand
The Coming of Light
Even this late it happens:
the coming of love, the coming of light.
You wake and the candles are lit as if by themselves,
stars gather, dreams pour into your pillows,
sending up warm bouquets of air.
Even this late the bones of the body shine
and tomorrow’s dust flares into breath.
Music: Seek the Lord – Roc O’Connor