Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Time To Go Into The Dark (Winter Solstice) …

Time to go into the darkwhere the night has eyesto recognize its own.There you can be sureyou are not beyond love.— David Whyte from The House of Belonging (Sweet Darkness)   We risk the life we've known to discover something new . . . The unknown territory will open before us only to the extent… Continue reading Time To Go Into The Dark (Winter Solstice) …

Days of Advent, Interreligious, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 21: Sanctuaries That Emerge From The Magnificent Stream (Winter Solstice) …

On the scale of our human history, rituals like putting up Christmas trees, lighting menorahs, reading Hafiz, and baking rice dumplings are new. We, humans, have celebrated the earthly repercussions of our orbit longer than we’ve celebrated virtually anything. Before Christmas and Hanukkah, before monotheism or any other kind of theism, our ancestors were staring… Continue reading Advent Day 21: Sanctuaries That Emerge From The Magnificent Stream (Winter Solstice) …

Days of Advent, Prayers, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Meditation: The One Who Waited (Winter Solstice) …

The watchers of the night, the keepers of the Inner Longing enchanted by music of the skies, hurried on midnight feet and found the One who waited. unlike what they had they expected and surprisingly beautiful, all those night watches, and the deep Inner Longing, now they knew now they knew — Joyce Rupp from… Continue reading Advent Meditation: The One Who Waited (Winter Solstice) …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

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… Continue reading Advent Meditation: The Darkness (Winter Solstice) …

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Advent Meditation: Threshold Of Winter …

Quiet me within, Clothe my body in peacefulness, That your Word Once again may take flesh – This time, within me – As it did in holy Mary, Long Advent days ago. — Edward Hays from Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim   The Growing Edge Look well to the growing edge! All around us worlds… Continue reading Advent Meditation: Threshold Of Winter …

Days of Advent, Prayers, Quotes, Seasons

Blessed Are You Who Bear the Light (Advent/Winter Solstice) …

Blessed are you who bear the light in unbearable times, who testify to its endurance amid the unendurable, who bear witness to its persistence when everything seems in shadow and grief. Blessed are you in whom the light lives, in whom the brightness blazes— your heart a chapel, an altar where in the deepest night… Continue reading Blessed Are You Who Bear the Light (Advent/Winter Solstice) …

Days of Advent, Seasons

Advent Day 25: The Longest Night …

The darker the night, the brighter the stars, The deeper the grief, the closer is God! — Apollon Maykov All throughout these months as the shadows have lengthened, this blessing has been gathering itself, making ready, preparing for this night. It has practiced walking in the dark, traveling with its eyes closed, feeling its way… Continue reading Advent Day 25: The Longest Night …

Poems, Quotes, Seasons

Born of a Star (Advent/Winter Solstice) …

Return to the darkness, return this longest night of wonder Return Return to the dream, return this holy night to ponder Deep in the night, listen listen Turn to the light waken, waken Deep in the night turn to the light Waken to Sun’s ancient summons ~ we who are born of a star who… Continue reading Born of a Star (Advent/Winter Solstice) …

Prayers, Seasons

Seeking the Light: Advent Prayers …

Advent is the perfect time to clear and prepare the Way. Advent is a winter training camp for those who desire peace. By reflection and prayer, by reading and meditation, we can make our hearts a place where a blessing of peace would desire to abide and where the birth of the Prince of Peace… Continue reading Seeking the Light: Advent Prayers …