Thursday, December 6, 2012
Outside, the thick layer of snow has made our front street quiet. The birds, the dogs, even the cars seem less noisy than they did the day before yesterday.
Inside, the Advent wreath at church holds a newly lit candle. Kindling it brings us to a gentle moment of prayer. In the midst of the seasonal bustle, Advent brings a quiet spirituality.
This gentle quiet can open us to hear the hard spiritual questions that confound us at this time of year. Is there a hurt lurking? Is there someone you need to forgive? Is there someone who needs you to pray for them? Is there anyone who doesn’t?
The deep spiritual practice of prayer can bring quiet into the bustle. It can be the reason for stepping forward toward healing. And it can be the grace to accept renewal, reconciliation, and release.
The quiet spirituality of Advent echoes softly with a carol:
See, amid the winter’s snow, candles flicker, light is low.
Listen for the angel song: peace and joy, awaited long.
Bring your prayers and hopes and dreams,
Offer love with all it seems,
Time to let the grudges go. Sing a love song in the snow.
Gentle blessings of Advent to you,
The Rev. Dr. Catherine Faith MacLean