One of my favorite Advent hymns is “Lost in the Night.” The haunting melody and the plaintive cries at the end of each verse – Will not day come soon? Come and save us soon – evoke a deep longing for the Light.
The last few months have been especially challenging ones for me, and perhaps for you as well. So I am more aware than ever that there are two words that describe the season of Advent: darkness and waiting. We wait in the dark for the light that we believe is coming, even as we recognize that the light is not ours to control. This week, quite a few of our bloggers are thinking about waiting and darkness. Here’s just a sampling of them.
Tara Ulrich, blogging at Praying on the Prairie, shares a very personal and vulnerable reflection of the darkness that can surround us and leave us yearning for light. Psalm 72:4 serves as a sort of refrain: “May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy and crush the oppressor.”
Rosa, blogging at Cenizas, Estelas y Senderos, uses the image of wood grain to describe the darkness that is waiting to be dispelled by the light. “I have described myself as feeling like even my soul was raw like it had been sandpapered… what I am trying to do is strip off new layers of varnish and defense, trying to get to the grain, the grain of my life.”
Diana Trautwein, blogging at Just Wondering, reflects on the power of intentional and purposeful talking and listening to help us accompany one another through the darkness. “Real talking, real listening, needs to be intentional. It needs to be purposeful. It needs to be generous.”
Stacy Sergent, in her blog of the same name, reminds us that the waiting we do in Advent can push us into unfamiliar territory. “[We] know that things will be different when the waiting is over, in ways that [we] may not even be able to anticipate.”
Sister Sarah Hennessey, blogging at Messy Jesus Business, shares some Quaker insights into our Advent time of waiting. “Waiting in silence for the light is the Quaker’s specialty.”
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Barbara Bruneau is a Lutheran pastor serving in Blair, Wisconsin. She is a knitter, a weaver, and a very occasional blogger.
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