Sunday, 14 December 2008

those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined


    Undercroft, Fountains Abbey

An Advent Muse in the style of an Old Testament prophet

He reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what is in the darkness,
and light dwells with him.
  (Daniel 2:22)

Look. See. The light shines in dark places and reveals things hidden. Look. See. No longer out of light and sight, structures of injustice and oppression are suddenly visible. Under-lying everything you do, they mock your supposed freedom.  Look. Below the floor, beneath your feet, there in the undercroft of your economy, your politics, your international relations, see the buttresses, pillars and vaulted ceilings of greed, exploitation and indifference. Look.  See how they keep the whole flawed edifice up. But look, see; the once proud building is creaking, trembling under the strain of your unsustainable and unjust way of life.

Time to take the stones and build something new.


  1. oh this is good! this is the first time i have really read any of your posts and i though i'd say hi. such good stuff, amazing pictures & powerful thoughts. thanks for the link love, too. peace, kathy

  2. Hi Kathy, I am really pleased you stopped by and appreciated my work. Thanks for such an affirming comment. I link to your blog because your writing is always outstanding and written from the cutting edge of grace. Your wise words about 'Slivers of light' should be an advent 'must read'!
    love and peace