Arise, shine; for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you (Isaiah 60:1)
Look very carefully at the picture of the undercroft in the previous post and right up against the distant wall you can just make out the fragile outline of a cross. In Advent our radical dreaming, our passionate struggles, our subversive intention and our transformational commitment as Christians are re-ignited by God's enduring promises. What I know and what I feel about this holy process of waiting and longing is summed up in this reworked image of one of my photos of that cross. Look at its vibrant, vivid, bright colour. See how it is alive and pulsating with living power and potency. The dark, monochrome encompassing structures of injustice, oppression, exploitation and violence cannot dim this eternally bright light.
This is our Advent hope. And it calls us to action.