Monday, December 19, 2011

Darkness and Advent


At times darkness is a gift.  Advent is one of those times for me, and since it comes in winter Advent often means snow.  After a snowfall a hush settles on the world, and outdoor noises become quieter.  That together with a long dark Alaskan evening beckon me to go deeper, deeper into the stillness,

What does this say to me about how God became human in our world?  With none of the usual trappings of wealth and fame connected with the birth of Jesus I am drawn to a different reality, one more real than wealth or fame. It's the mystery of life itself and how we share this life with our God who knows what it is to be born, to be weak, to be unknown.  New life begins and is nurtured in darkness. 

What new life is stirring within you?

Marie Lucek, OP
Juneau, Alaska

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