Advent Meditation: The Darkness (Winter Solstice) …

Begin here.

Say that you have chosen it.

Say that it was your own hand that
turned out the light, your own mouth that blew out the candle,
your own eyes that closed themselves
against the brightness.

Say it was your doing.

Say you needed the shadows,
the darkness,
that your eyes had begun to squint
at the brightness,
that the light had began
to make your head buzz.
Say you needed the rest.
— Jan Richardson from Night Visions

Gratitude

Darkness deserves gratitude. It is the alleluia point at which we learn to understand that all growth does not take place in the sunlight. Then we come to understand that God is at work in our lives even when we believe that nothing whatsoever is going on.
― Joan D. Chittister from Uncommon Gratitude: Alleluia for All That Is

Sweet Darkness

Time to go into the dark
where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.
There you can be sure
you are not beyond love.
— David Whyte from House of Belonging (Sweet Darkness)

Journey From Darkness Into Light

We are always on a journey from darkness into light. At first, we are children of the darkness. Your body and your face were formed first in the kind darkness of your mother’s womb. Your birth was a first journey from darkness into light. All your life, your mind lives within the darkness of your body. Every thought that you have is a flint moment, a spark of light from your inner darkness. The miracle of thought is its presence in the night side of your soul; the brilliance of thought is born in darkness. Each day is a journey. We come out of the night into the day.
— John O’Donohue form Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

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