Monday, November 30, 2009
Virtual Advent Retreat 2009
A meditation on the readings for Advent 2C offered by Mompriest:
Entering the Advent journey is an invitation to travel, intentionally, into the wilderness – the dark night of the soul. One hopes that the Church guides this journey offering opportunities to pray, ponder, stirred up, conflicted. John, the desert prophet, proclaims the burning chaff, the background to our Christmas shopping. Advent sings of incongruous images - new birth and end of life, the Alpha and the Omega, of oppression and freedom, of despair and ultimately of hope. The path is uneven and twisted, spiraling in to the depths of our being, certain we are lost. And then, quietly, the Spirit of God calls to us, “Awake, arise, my love, my dear one.” The early morning desert sun illuminates the way - through the valley to Jordan’s bank - our God is near. Awake and hearken, let each heart prepare a place for the Word to break in, a child to come anew, whispering peace into you and me. Come, our long expected One, come.
Within in our darkest night
A starless chill
Oh where, are you?”
Within our deepest soul
Cries in the wilderness
the way of the Lord!”
Within our darkest night
A still small spark
Hark! The glad sound calls out
Rise up and give walk in light
from darkest night -
Our Daystar comes, the night
Dispelled, every valley filled,
mountain low, the rough made
A light, a light bathes bright
Discard the garment, sorrow
Arise! Put on the robe
with love and mercy
Questions to ponder:
John Newton, the author of Amazing Grace, describes our spiritual journey as a process of moving from desire for God, to conflict with God, to contemplation and peace with God. (Go here for more on this idea.) Many consider this process to be a spiral not linear. Based on these three "states" where are you in your faith journey?
Does the mystery of Advent invite you into deeper reflection on your relationship with God?
Do you have a meditation of your own you'd like to share with us today?
Do you have an Advent resources you'd like share?
Leave comments or link us back to your blog and join us in this virtual retreat!
You can find the readings for Advent 2C: here
Photos from the personal collection of Mompriest
Additional meditations will appear throughout the day by Songbird and Juniper.
Crossposted at Mompriest's blog: Seeking Authentic Voice