It's hard to imagine, but we are poised to begin Advent again on Sunday, December 1.
How fitting that our church calendar begins each year in darkness, with the
promise of returning to the light ... to trust ... to right action. The theme of Advent is "repentance," which sounds like a punishment but is actually a great gift. In the Old Testament language of Hebrew, repentance is expressed in two words which mean "sorrow" and "return." In the Greek of the New Testament, repentance is "metanoia," literally "a change of mind and heart" or "a change in consciousness."
Repentance is about the willingness to admit to the darkness ... to acknowledge
we are lost ... to find the faith to return. It is about believing another way is
possible. It is about trusting that in opening to the darkness, we will find light. For it is in our willingness to let go that we find ourselves held in the love at the heart of the universe.
This Advent, may we walk together through the darkness to find -- in the most
common of places -- the living miracle of life, shining forth from what is the most
tender of all.
Blessings to you,