An Advent Paradox: Kindling a Fire That Never Dies Away

(Jesus said) I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!
Luke 12:49

 

Earth’s crammed with heaven,
and every common bush afire with God
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning from “Aurora Leigh”

 

It is difficult to undo our own damage…
It is hard to desecrate a grove and change your mind.
The very holy mountains are keeping mum.
We doused the burning bush and cannot rekindle it;
we are lighting matches in vain under every green tree. 

~Annie Dillard from Teaching a Stone to Talk

 

 

 

I need to turn aside and look,
to see, as if for the first and last time,
the kindled fire that illuminates even the darkest day and never dies away.

We are invited, by no less than God Himself,
through the original burning bush that is never consumed
to shed our shoes, to walk barefoot and vulnerable,
and approach the bright and burning dawn,
even when it is the darkest midnight,
even when it is a babe in a manger who lights a fire in each one of us.

Only then, only then
can I say:
“Here I am! Consume me!”

 

 

 

 

Within our darkest night,
you kindle the fire
that never dies away,
that never dies away.
Within our darkest night,
you kindle the fire
that never dies away,
that never dies away.
~Taize

 

 

2 thoughts on “An Advent Paradox: Kindling a Fire That Never Dies Away

  1. ‘Like’ falls so far short of the thoughts, words expressed here. Among them:
    “…the fire that never dies away.”
    “…a babe in a manger who lights a fire in each one of us.”
    “We doused the burning bush and cannot rekindle it…”

    I do not have a fireplace in my small apartment but I do have three 12-inch lighted candles in
    my living room windows that face the street and a table top crèche that is lighted from within. They represent my prayer — a tiny bit of light to thank Him
    for the light of faith and the Presence of His Holy Spirit that He placed in my soul so many years ago – His awesome gift to me on my first Christmas morn when I was born at 7:00 a.m.

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