Poet and minister Jan Richardson endured a tremendous loss right at Advent several years ago. It continues to permeate everything she does. But it has not ended her ability to talk of hope, and peace, and light shining in the darkness. She continues to walk the road to Bethlehem, noticing those who are alongside her.
I offer this for all who are feeling loss this season:
Blessed are you who
bear the light in unbearable times,
who testify to its endurance amid the unendurable,
who bear witness to its persistence when everything seems
in shadow and grief.
Blessed are you in
whom the light lives, in whom the brightness blazes—
your heart a chapel, an altar where in the deepest night can be seen
the fire that shines forth in you in unaccountable faith, in stubborn hope,
in love that illumines every broken thing it finds.
© Jan Richardson from Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons.
Blessed are you. Today, and each day.