And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars; and upon the earth, the nations will be constricted with anxiety and doubt with the advent of these spiritual revelations, as before a roaring sea and waves. And men will lose their inner strength of soul out of fear and foreboding of what is coming over the living earth: for the dynamic powers of heaven will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud, in the sphere of life, with dynamic power and great radiant glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, for your redemption is drawing near. Luke 21:25-28
Words of Hope
We stand in the midst of turmoil and destruction, but a silent light shines within. There is always a breaking up of the old, before something new begins.
As Jesus was born through the pangs of labor, something new is striving to be born during this winter of our individual souls and world community. In silent reflection the light of what is coming into being can be perceived.
The seemingly lifeless world of nature’s winter points us to stillness; to wait in silent readiness for the light and a new beginning. We shut out the materialistic culture that tries to shout Jesus down, wrap him in a blanket of commercial images and suffocate him in a blanket of sound.
It is not an easy time, but Jesus is a great light-filled power to whom we may raise our eyes and fix our gaze to remain before him.
In the words of the poet:
Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.
If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead in winter
and later proves to be alive.
(Pablo Neruda, “Keeping Quiet” in Extravagario, translated by Alastair Reid)