It all began with a question: What if during Advent, we began with four lit candles and each week lit one less, quieting/stilling our way toward the center Christ candle? How could a question like that be imaged?
One person said it’s like a countdown… Yes, indeed! I’ve also suggested that it mirrors our physical experience (in the Northern Hemisphere) with light.
The image breaks into five vertical panels, from right to left: four lit candles, three, two, one, and the Christ candle with the Madonna and Child.
One of the things that delights me is that in the tradition of reading left to right, the image begins with Christ. God is with us all along. Becoming quieter can help us discern that. I had a conversation early on about my desire to have people move through the image from right to left, like coming back to the beginning. The person I was talking with told me about the “O, Antiphons.” Really, really interesting stuff… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_Antiphons. And although it can’t be proven, I choose to leave room for the mystery.
Download (free) this image in black and white using the link below. Add your own color this Advent!
Check out the liturgies that accompany the images… it’s all free here from LEAD – https://waytolead.org/portfolio-item/advent-2017/
“This is the greatness, the goodness, the wonder, the impossibility of the Gospel, that it asks of all of us something we – alone, apart, separate – cannot do! Only by living in love, in communion… do we find, every once in a while, a love flowing through us and toward us and from us that is bigger than our own.” ~Richard Rohr
I’m feeling a little off-rhythm with blogging. Not sure what that means… perhaps something new is coming?
If you’d like a look at how the Advent images came about, here’s a link to a video that I shared on my Facebook wall – https://www.facebook.com/vonda.drees/posts/10154234582762965
Still working my way through sharing the pages created during Advent, although my heart this morning is holding vigil for the Holy Innocents.
The second photo is our labyrinth before re-blazing it last night. There is no filter on the photo, just nature’s twilight.
Turn and turn and turn again
toward the One
Love multiplies infinitely.
God meets us at the apex of Love.
To be honest, I’m still pondering what that means and why it ended up in my journal.
It has some origins from a line in Bishop Mike Rinehart’s Christmas message: “It is in self-sacrificing love, giving of ourselves for others that humanity and civilization will find its apex.”
This week my Journaling through Advent online group is wrapping up with the theme of love. I am delighted that Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations carry the same theme.
Announcement: I’m facilitating a new online journaling group with Cynthia Bourgeault’s Mystical Hope beginning mid-January… and I would love to have your company! More info on that here: http://www.grunewaldguild.com/upco…/journaling-mystical-hope
And in [Christ], recognized as whole, as lovely / And radiant in [Christ’s] light / We awaken as the beloved / In every last part of our body. ~Saint Symeon the New Theologian, Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation
That part of you which has always loved God – and lets God love you – is your soul, your True Self. ~Richard Rohr