Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Advent II

Bits and pieces for Advent II:
from Edge of Enclosure



the arid earth of others
Our brokenness is the wound through which the full power of God can penetrate our being and transfigure us in God.
Loneliness is not something from which we must flee but the place from where we can cry out to God, where God will find us and we can find God.
Yes, through our wounds the power of God can penetrate us and become like rivers of living water to irrigate the arid earth within us. Thus we may irrigate the arid earth of others, so that hope and love are reborn.
-Jean Vanier The Broken Body 1988 Paulist Press quoted from An Advent Sourcebook (LTP)

Leonard Cohen
There is a crack in everything - that's how the light gets in.



"Anthem"
The birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don't dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.
Ah the wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.


Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.


We asked for signs
the signs were sent:
the birth betrayed
the marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
of every government --
signs for all to see.


I can't run no more
with that lawless crowd
while the killers in high places
say their prayers out loud.
But they've summoned, they've summoned up
a thundercloud
and they're going to hear from me.


Ring the bells that still can ring ...

You can add up the parts
but you won't have the sum
You can strike up the march,
there is no drum
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
That's how the light gets in.
That's how the light gets in.

3 comments:

it's margaret said...

like that.

Ann said...

What I am thinking -- John the Baptist sounds like bulldozers and heavy equipment - but Jesus becomes the Way.

it's margaret said...

That good!