Advent: seeing through soft smattering of stars

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Soft light diffuses through glass, making dust particles dance in a torchlight beam, aided by a kitchen’s muggy warmth and steam, sending a glow glittering off walls like tiny ice crystals.

I watch entranced by the way light streams in through a window like a heavenly offering. It’s a marker of grace glinting through our days, a gentle reminder of how God’s love rains continually from above.

Because light will always infiltrate the darkness, penetrate through pane and pierce our own pain like a shard of healing laser-light, cutting at the corners of our circumstances, ready to open us up to a revelation of our belovedness before God.

The air is stilled with slivers, like flecks of salt seasoning a room. It parts for light to get in, makes space for grace arriving as a fragrant offering, a smattering of stars to light the way Home.

Through soft smattering of stars

In this Advent season let me become more

contemplative and reflective rather than

crazed and restless. Let me feel deep within

these bones, this mantle of flesh, this position

of weakness, that I still host the Holy in my soul

 

I ache with longing for the Light within to be

the consuming of me, a burning pyre on which

sits my sinful desires. May the dross, dust

and detritus give way to the Cross, to your

freely spilt blood, your white-hot devouring fire

 

Let your Love pierce through all traces of dark

Let your forgiveness, mercy and grace become

my new mantle and covering as I walk this

way of faith. Let my eyes look forward to seeing

your appearing through soft smattering of stars

©JoyLenton2016

Advent is a time to look for the light appearing here, now, in our midst. To have a watchful remembrance, a heart seeking for a smattering of stars, pointing to the brightest star of all, leading the way to Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem.

A birth is imminent. Christ seeks to be born again in our hearts. He aches to appear for us as the Light we cannot do without, the one that overcomes all our darkness.

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19 thoughts on “Advent: seeing through soft smattering of stars

    • Laurie, I need the same reminder every day. It’s often hard to fully grasp our state of belovedness before God, isn’t it? Yet it’s an undeniable fact for those who are in Christ, as well as a daily marvel and mystery. I’m so grateful for being a means of helping you to appreciate the wonder of it anew. Let’s aim to rest in His grace, sweet friend. ❤

  1. Joy, Your words and your photos capture so beautifully the thought of light infiltrating! And this: “Let your Love pierce through all traces of dark” reaches into the deep places of my soul today, where I needed to know His Love! Thank you for sharing thoughts that bring the truth of God so close! I am so blessed by you! xoxo

    • Oh Bettie, my heart aches in sympathy with you, because I so often feel adrift from God’s unconditional, unmerited love. Though I know it as an unchangeable, established fact, my feelings don’t always match up with my faith! I’m so pleased God found a way to send a swift reminder deep to your soul. You are deeply precious to Him and to all who know you. I am so blessed by your friendship and faithful company here, dear friend! xoxo

  2. Love! Advent is my fave season of the church year. So much THIS: “Because light will always infiltrate the darkness, penetrate through pane and pierce our own pain like a shard of healing laser-light, cutting at the corners of our circumstances, ready to open us up to a revelation of our belovedness before God.”

    • Tara, I love Advent too, though the trappings of Christmas preparations tend to bring me to my knees – and that’s not only in prayer! I pray you will be blessed with a deep abiding sense of the God-with-you aspects of the Incarnation in the busy run up to Christmas. xo

  3. “Let me feel deep within these bones, this mantle of flesh, this position of weakness, that I still host the Holy in my soul” Amen! I long for it with you, dear Joy. I daily try to grasp the immovable truth of God’s love, but sometimes it’s hard to “feel” it. May His love “pierce through all traces of dark” this Advent season and always! Hugs!

    • Oh Trudy, how hard it can be sometimes to grasp our belovedness before God! Maybe we never will fully comprehend it in this lifetime. I share this thought: ” I daily try to grasp the immovable truth of God’s love, but sometimes it’s hard to “feel” it.” I guess God could be asking us to consider the inspired words He gives us to share with others, to take them on board personally, and to focus our attention mostly on His Word, absorb its teaching and let it mould our thoughts in the right direction. With a painful abusive past, where the word love itself gets screwed up for us, we need a fresh revelation of God’s pure, unsullied, unconditional love for us. I’m praying for His Light to break through every trace of dark we hold onto inside. So blessed to share this journey with you, dear friend! xox ❤

  4. Beautiful, as always, Joy! “Because light will always infiltrate the darkness…” Yes, light always comes through.

    Many blessings to you dear Joy! xo

    • Gayl, thank you so much for your kind encouragement! We can rejoice in God’s light always infiltrating our dark world. May you discover just how much His light shines in and through you during this Advent season. God bless you, dear friend! xo

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