Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Light and dark

"Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Let only your will be done in me and in all your creatures..."
Blessed Charles de Foucauld, "Living With Christ"
And, suddenly...it's Advent, December, below zero...
Time seems to be flying by at warp speed these days.  The earth is beckoning us to rest during these long winter nights, but the calendar is luring us to go, go, go.  What are we to do? The answer, which I learned from a wise Spiritual Director, is balance.  Find the delicate balance between action and contemplation during this season; balancing the darkness and light.  If not for the darkness, we wouldn't need or notice the magnificence of the light. We need the darkness to truly appreciate the light.  We need the sin to really appreciate the mercy.  Today, we will have approximately fifteen hours of darkness, between tonight's sunset and tomorrow's sunrise.  Can we spend some of that time quietly, thinking and praying about what action God is asking us to do this season of Advent? Is there a person God is inviting us to call? Is there someone God would like us to welcome? Is there a cause God is urging us to support? It's going to be dark a long time tonight...can we light a candle, sit in the dim light and listen to God? Love, heidi

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