Sunday, November 26, 2006

Night Visions

As I watched in the night visions, I saw.
Daniel 7:13a

We're coming again to the season of more night than day - Advent - what a perfect time for night visions. Today we have ended the church year, looking to the Ancient One, the Lord who is forever and forevermore, the Alpha and the Omega.
And at this ending, there is a new beginning - an opportunity to hear the truth once again, an opportunity to listen to Jesus' voice, an opportunity to see in the night a vision of who Jesus is and who Jesus is calling each of us to be.

Night Visions: searching the shadows of advent and christmas
by Jan Richardson
This is favorite of mine - an Advent book that we used each night in Advent 2000 with our close friends and neighbors, Daryn & Kristen. Each evening, we padded in stocking feet down to our neighbors' apartment and we shared readings and songs in the dark evenings. In the first pages, we read this, "The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before. It is not possible to keep it from coming, because it will. What is possible is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. And you begin to grasp what it was you missed... So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder.
There will be time enough for running. For rushing. For worrying. For pushing.
For now, stay. Wait.
Something is on the horizon." - Jan Richardson

Isn't this how God's call is?
So easy to miss...
so stay. sit. linger. tarry. ponder. wait. behold. wonder.
This is the season of night visions - of gentle, persistent growth in the darkness of Mary's womb; of darkness giving birth to light; of seemingly endless waiting and that which lies at the end of our waiting.

Lingering with you,
Pastor Joy

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a very sweet and wise looking little girl.