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Reflection for December


'The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.
And the Word became flesh
and dwelt among us,
full of grace and truth;
we have seen his glory,
glory as of the only Son from the Father.' 

John 1: 5, 14

O Christ,
I expose my heart and soul to your light,
like the leaves of a tree unfolding
towards the sun.

In you there is a radiance
which nothing can quench.
Make me transparent with that light.

Sometimes your presence is so dazzling
that it almost seems like darkness.
Help me to keep my gaze on you,
even when I do not understand. 

'Silence is like the sunlight; it illumines us in God.' 
(St Isaac of Syria, c. 613-c. 700)

Expanded from the Meditation "Opening up to the Light''  in 'Wait and See', Meditation8, page 30,
by Angela Ashwin. Published by Eagle,  1997.
This book and its sister volume 'Wait and Trust' are out of print, but illustrated copies are available second hand.
The CD Rom 'Wait and See' can be obtained from McCrimmons Publishers.