Advent meditation: Hope
Advent meditation: Hope

Advent meditation: Hope

A self-sowing seed begins in the light. It holds on for as long as it can, but then weather changes, time passes, and nutrients fade. The bit of green it clings to releases the seed to the earth with a gentle reminder, “This is your journey. In the darkness you will find Life.”

The seed falls to the ground where it waits – waiting can be hard when you are expecting something to happen, to change, to transform.

Eventually rain and wind, creatures and plants help the seed find its way into the dark soil. It settles into its new home. It misses the light, it misses its life, but it reflects on the last words from above, “This is your journey. In the darkness you will find Life.”

The seed doesn’t wrestle or regret or despair. It rests deeply in the Darkness and prepares itself for the journey. Only light can bring Life to this tired being.

And in the knowing, the seed finds comfort. One might call that Hope.

Prayer

Compassionate Creator,
I struggle with Darkness.
I wrestle, regret and despair
rather than surrender my humanity to you.
Help me be like the seed
resting and preparing for the journey.
Let me be comforted by promise
that you are sitting with me in the dark
and in that covenant, there is light.

Amen.

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