Dawn on our Darkness: A Shadowed Earth Reaches Up

   the season quicker now
the darkening—

no longer the leaves
fluttering down

but the whole shadowed earth
reaching up, taking hold
~David Baker “Quicker”

Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp,
Or what’s a heaven for?

~Robert Browning from Andrea del Sarto

My branches are bare during this season of letting go. As starkly revealed as I am, perhaps darkening days are a blessing – less spotlight on my plainness in silhouette – all knobby joints and awkward angles and curves.

One thing I know though: in this season I prefer the shadowland, yet I still reach up, trying to hold on to the promise beyond me. In fact, so many of us have kept grasping at what we know is there but cannot see, God has come down to grab on to each one — and is still hanging on to us.

We are not too plain to be lifted, welcomed, cherished as we are, into heaven’s arms.

This year’s Advent theme “Dawn on our Darkness” is taken from this 19th century Christmas hymn.

Brightest and best of the sons of the morning,
dawn on our darkness and lend us your aid.
Star of the east, the horizon adorning,
guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.
~Reginald Heber -from “Brightest and Best”


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2 thoughts on “Dawn on our Darkness: A Shadowed Earth Reaches Up

  1. Dear Emily,
    Your photography, selection of poems and music, and your own thoughts, gives such meaning to what we consider to be ordinary. This post particularly resonated with me today. The reference to life and death made me think of the loss of my beloved aunt(Janet Steiger) 6 months ago and the tree I had planted in her memory.
    The reference to plainess and awkward silhouette made me think of my own sadness of loss youth and appeal. You have such a beautiful spirit that nourishes mine. I am grateful to you.
    A blessed Christmas to you and your family

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  2. thank you so much for these kind and nurturing words, Alice. So many here are missing Janet and her family and faith legacy. Bless you during these chilly snowy Christmas days! Emily


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