Sunday, December 20, 2015

Advent, a Time of Fruitful Darkness

Caryll Houselander
"It is not only in work, in the realization of faith, and in conscious prayer that we need the season of Advent; we need it in suffering, in joy, and in thought. We need it in everything that is to bear fruit in our lives. There must be a period of gestation before anything can flower.

"If only those who suffer would be patient with their early humiliations and realize that Advent is not only the time of growth but also of darkness, and of hiding and waiting, they would trust, and trust rightly, that Christ is growing in their sorrow, and in due season all the fret and strain and tension of it will give place to a splendor of peace."
Excerpts from The Reed of God

Further Comments: Introduction to Christmas Week 2015

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