Awaken to the Sacred

“We whose hearts are heavy 
seek the joy of your presence. 
We are your people, 
walking in darkness yet seeking the light.” 
— From “Advent Prayer” by Henri Nouwen

Life weighs us down with fear, sadness, and grief.  We long for a Holy Embrace to comfort us.  “If we could just find God,” we think, “we would be okay.”

It feels like we are traveling aimlessly.  Yet somehow we muster the courage to put one foot in front of the other.   In doing so, we discover that despite all that clouds our hearts and minds, our souls still know the way to the Sacred.

This movement is less about arrival and more about awakening.  It is an understanding that we have always been held by the One for whom we reach.  And so we finally rest in that presence; our souls are ready to rejoice.

How do I awaken to the Sacred?

May you be inspired!

NOTE:  This reflection is part of an Advent Reflection Series initially published by Tau Center.  You can view the entire reflection here: Still Point.

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