A beautiful wreath was given to me on this first Sunday of Advent by Christine a few years ago. This together with the Christmas carol “People Look East” inspired this mosaic.
It is a fusion of eastern and western traditions…
“People, look East, the time is near
Of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair as you are able,
Trim the hearth and set the table.
People, look East and sing today:
Love, the Guest, is on the way.”
–Eleanor Farjeon [1881-1965]
Son in our hearts
Dispel the darkness.
“Come, Spirit who makes a home in us.
Draw us to the treasures of your dwelling.
Reveal to us the inner journey of love.”
” May I Have This Dance?”, Ave Maria Press
My friend, Christine, made this beautiful wreath for me one Advent. This photo was taken after an interfaith Taize gathering I had in my home. I have made this into a greeting card with Joyce Rupp’s permission.
When I saw this nasturtium leaf , I immediately saw these drops of water as us, pilgrims, on our journey towards the One. It reminded me of Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr’s words: “The sacred space before the feast of Christmas is our womb time. It is a time of pregnancy and gestation.” The leaf is the sacred space and also the womb. These drops look very pregnant to me.
I am reminded of Rumi’s words “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.”