Beloved Friends-

During this sacred season of Advent, we are given an invitation into a time of waiting and wondering. We are encouraged to slow down and suspend the notion that we know how the story goes, and instead, consider the possibility of what it means to wait for something unexpected to be born in our lives anew. As we wait and wonder together, I offer a new poem or prayer each week as a small gift for the journey as together we make our way towards Bethlehem once again this year.

May you never forget that you are loved,

Advent Meditation (By Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB.)

Climbing down through the stars
to the stars on earth
The divine face meshing with the human
Heaven touching earth
We call it Incarnation!

You came as a star led by a star
through the stars to the stars
We never knew we were stars until you came.

O God, we welcome you.
We lovingly share our frail human flesh
and our starry planet with you
We wrap you in our flesh
We embrace you with joy as you reach out your hands and your heart
to become one of us.

It was Mary who first wrapped you in our human flesh
Her womb, the first altar consecrated from all eternity
to be your first earthly home.
How holy is this earth!

Your glory streamed through our lives
like stars the day you leaned from heaven
You came to help us see our glory

Following the star we lean into your glory
In your light, we see the light We never knew we were stars until you came.

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