Those who have sat in the darkness know how the shadows give way to desire. Without sight, without our heads swimming with the images of what others tell us we want, we can turn our gaze inward and search our souls . . . What longs to be born in us in this season? —Jan Richardson
In the shadows
I hear what has been silenced by
loud voices telling me
what I should do,
what I should be.
In the stillness
what I don’t want to do.
I know that
trying to make myself do it
As I wait and listen deeply to my soul
I can stop doing what I should.
I can let go of trying to make myself become.
A kind voice asks,
What would you like to do?
Relief and spaciousness fill my chest
as I hold the possibility
that my soul glorifies the Lord.
If I listen to it,
I will become
with the mysterious forces
that overshadowed Mary.
I hold the possibility
that I can be as brave as Mary
and do what isn’t expected of me,
and become exactly what is needed.
“My soul glorifies the Lord. . .”
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On Sunday, we light the third Advent candle for joy. What possibility is your soul offering you that brings you joy? What do you hear when, as you “let your shy soul speak”? When you read today’s post, what resonated with you, disquieted you, or inspired you? Could this be the mysterious forces at work in you?