Posts tagged ‘sunset’
Here we are on December 1st: the first day of Advent and 24 days till Christmas. If you saw any postings here during Lent, you would have seen some poetry that I found on the educationfor justice.org website. There is a similar collection entitled “Advent Poetry Companion:Poems for Prayer and Pondering. ” I hope they will help you in this time of waiting – while our days grow shorter and the night grows long -while we look longingly for one who will bring us hope. We wait for the Advent – the Coming of the Light.
“In Mary-Darkness” , by Jessica PowersI live my Advent in the womb of MaryAnd on one night when a great star swings freeFrom its high mooring and walks down the skyTo be the dot above the Christus i,I shall be born of her by blessed grace.I wait in Mary-darkness, faith’s walled place,With hope’s expectance of nativity.I knew for long she carried me and fed me,Guarded and loved me, though I could not see,But only now, with inward jubilee,I come upon earth’s most amazing knowledge:Someone is hidden in this dark with me.Source: “In Mary-Darkness” from The Selected Poetry of Jessica Powers, edited by Regina Siegfried, ASC, and Robert F. Morneau. Kansas City, MO: Sheed & Ward, 1989
Tomorrow is the first day . . . the First Sunday of Advent. We enter into the darkest season of the year, and in the Christian tradition, we await the Coming of the Light. So, there is reason to be grateful, even for the darkness.
Darkness deserves gratitude. It is the alleluia point at which we learn to understand that all growth does not take place in the sunlight.
- Joan Chittister in Uncommon Gratitude
I’ve learned to time things so that I am driving with a beautiful sunset off to the west as I drive home. It calms me. It gives me perspective. I think, “There is a hideous traffic jam in front of me. There are trucks on either side of me. This is a mess and I can’t believe any good will ever come of it. But look at that phenomenal sunset! Look at those clouds. Look at the reflection on the mountains. Look at how it makes the snow sparkle on the mountains.” It puts things in context.
There was a song that sprang to mind when I saw this challenge. It was popular in the sixties, and sung by Judy Collins.
I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, but still somehow
It’s clouds illusions I recall.
I really don’t know clouds at all.
Isn’t that the truth of it? What or whom we think we know, no matter how well we’ve studied and investigated, we find out we are only at the beginning of discovery. And more is of the ephemeral nature of clouds than we have any idea!
It is said that the best times to photograph landscape is during the “golden hour”, that magical time near dawn or dusk when the sun’s light adds a special magical light to all. The bright sunlight that we experience later in the day can appear a bit harsher, and the results through the camera’s eye, not quite so pleasing.
Nonetheless, there are times when the only time we have available to us to take a picture is the time we are given.
How like life!
We might think we could live a more full life . . . we could live more compassionately . . . we could be more fulfilled . . . if only . . .
If only the time was right . . .
If only we were more prepared . . .
If only we felt better . . .
If only we had the right degree, right position, right mate . . .
How many are waiting for the “golden hour” instead of seizing this moment now to live the life God called us to?
Now is the Golden Hour.