December 12, 2010

Welcome to the third week of Advent!  This week’s theme for our Sunday morning is Embracing the Darkness: Rest.

Today’s Readings:  Numbers 6:24-26, Matthew 11:28-30

This morning I received a call at 3:50am telling me that the world lost a great man.  Today we especially remember Rod Bixler.  His family was gathered around him as he stepped into his next journey.  When I saw him on Thursday evening at OHSU, I asked Rod what we should pray for and his response was “to go home.” So that is what we prayed for.  Rod made it to his house yesterday afternoon and then went home this morning….

Today we are moving to more positive aspects of darkness when we talk about rest.  In the darkness we tend to lay our burdens down and cuddle up for a while.  When I woke up this morning I couldn’t help but think that Rod, in the middle of a dark morning, finally got to rest.  After much fighting, much pain, much suffering against sickness now gets to rest. 

While not all of us are on that scale of rest, it may be time to let down our guards and allow rest to come….allow a moment for God to seep in and cuddle us once more.

Sweet Darkness by David Whyte

When your eyes are tired
the world is tired also.
When your vision has gone
no part of the world can find you.
Time to go into the dark
where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.
There you can be sure
you are not beyond love.
The dark will be your womb
The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.
You must learn one thing:
the world was made to be free in.
Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.
Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
to learn
anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.


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