Advent Reflection (5) 2020 Reminder

Reminder

Darkness presses at my study window

silently reminding me to expect

its encroachment to permeate all things

eventually. Its very presence

evidence of night and of those living

shadows of mystery and not knowing

what comes next in this advancing visit.

Then three simple things catch my attention

one viewed, one remembered and one given.

They appear, like unexpected parcels

wrapped by Hands unseen, open in excitement.

These gifts are for now but also for when

I need to muster a memory of

mystery and hold a Hand in the dark.

First, Christmas lights shine from a neighbour’s tree,

a quiet signpost of defiant faith,

a declaration of truth to be lived,

as flashing bulbs halt the advancing night.

Second, I call to mind a boy’s story,

from many years ago, of watching as

newly lit street lights punched holes in darkness.

Third, a moment in ordinary time

is offered to me as confirmation

that what I am seeing is revealing

the reality that whispers ‘Hope wins’.

Two candles are lit, placed in the window

Of another home, breaking through the night.

What message lies within this trinity?

That darkness is not given the last word;

Light will always force it into retreat.

That Dawn will break and Day will come again,

bringing with it more courage and fresh strength.

One Life has illuminated the world.

Advent beckons us to keep believing.

Light shines in darkness and always will.

That darkness is not given the last word; Light will always force it into retreat. That Dawn will break and Day will come again, bringing with it more courage and fresh strength. One Life has illuminated the world. Advent beckons us to keep believing. Light shines in darkness and always will.

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