Handel may be a Christmas war horse...but it's not the Hallelujah chorus that reaches me at this season, but this movement - which takes its text from the Isaiah pericope many of us heard last week.
I drove straight highways in the desert this fall - on the Sinai penisula. And I'm on the brink of my own desert time of "Long Retreat" - 30 days in silence undertaking the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, so the images in text are a bit richer for me this year. What will my path look like through that metaphorical desert?
Origen, in his commentary on this passage offers "....the way of the Lord is made straight in two ways: by contemplation...and by activity, which follows sound contemplation". We are more than halfway through our Advent stillness - what actions will grow from our sound contemplations?
I'm contemplating, soundly (I hope) and sounds!
What sounds did you make, hear and contemplate this weekend? How might they move you to action?