Advent Meditation: Magnificent Refuge …

Take time, slow down, be still, be awake to the Divine Mystery that looks so common and so ordinary yet is wondrously present.
― Edward Hays from A Pilgrim’s Almanac

God Is Everywhere

There is a time for stillness, for waiting for Christ as he makes his dancing way toward us. And there is a time to be in motion, to set out on a path, knowing that although God is everywhere, and always with us, we sometimes need a journey in order to meet God—and ourselves—anew.
— Jan Richardson from Blessing the Palms

Waiting

Waiting is essential to the spiritual life. But waiting as a disciple of Jesus is not an empty waiting. It is a waiting with a promise in our hearts that makes already present what we are waiting for. We wait during Advent for the birth of Jesus. We wait after Easter for the coming of the Spirit, and after the ascension of Jesus we wait for his coming again in glory. We are always waiting, but it is a waiting in the conviction that we have already seen God’s footsteps.
— Henri Nouwen from Bread For The Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith

The Calling

This magnificent refuge is inside you.
Enter. Shatter the darkness that shrouds the doorway.
Step around the poisonous vipers that slither at your feet,
attempting to throw you off your course.
Be bold. Be humble.
Put away the incense and forget
the incantations they taught you.
Ask no permission from the authorities.
Slip away.
Close your eyes and follow your breath
to the still place that leads to
the invisible path that leads you home.

Listen.
Softly, the One you love is calling.
Listen.
At first, you will only hear traces of his voice.
Love letters he drops for you in hiding places …
Listen. Later his voice will come closer.
A whisper you’re almost sure is meant for you
fading in and out of the cacophony of thoughts,
clearer in the silent space between them.
Listen. His call is flute music, far away.
Coming closer.

Be brave and walk
through the country of your own wild heart.
Be gentle and know that you know nothing.
Be mindfull and remember that every moment can be a prayer …

Be still. Listen. Keep walking …
— St. Teresa of Avila (Introduction by Mirabai Starr) from The Interior Castle

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