I’ve been dipping into a little book called ‘The Treasures of Darkness’ by Barbara Mosse. One of the sections is on Advent, and she comments that in all the rush of Christmas activities, we often lose ‘the preciousness of Advent, with its sense of hope and expectant waiting in the dark’. She invites us to ‘enter into the sense of yearning and anticipation’ found in the darkness.
For me, and I suspect for some of you too, it feels easier this year to enter into that sense of longing, in the darkness, for the light to come. Sometimes we need to sit a little in the darkness, acknowledge that it is there, in us and around us, and to then look for the moments of hope. I am often too eager to skim over the darkness, to rush on and find the light…. But sometimes we need to be honest about the dark in order to enjoy the light more fully. Do you agree?