Advent Widening

“It came to me, recently, that faith is ‘a certain widening of the imagination.’ When Mary asked the angel, ‘How shall these things be?’ She was asking God to widen the imagination. All my life I’ve been requesting the same thing — a baptized imagination that has a wide enough faith to see the numinous in the ordinary. Without discarding reason, or analysis, I seek from my muse, the Holy Spirit, images that will open up reality and pull me in to the center.” ~ Lucy Shaw

How are you pulled in to the center?

On the edge of mystery

“We must be willing to constantly sit on the edge of mystery and unlearn what has helped guide us in the past but is no longer as useful now. To do this we must be willing to ask the questions that will open us up to hear the quiet, powerful voice of freedom.” ~ Robert Wicks, Crossing the desert

What are your questions to open up?

Edge dwellers

Both the monk and artist are edge dwellers, ones who commit to living in fertile border spaces and who call the wider community to alternative ways of being beyond the status quo… Living on the edges means recognizing those places and experiences that do not offer easy answers, those fierce edges of life where things are not as clear as we hope them to be. ~ Christine Valters Paintner, Abbey of the Arts

How do you hold mystery and questions?

Wild and inexplicable

“To speak, and to write, is to assert who we are and what we think. The necessary other side is to surrender to these things — to stand humbled and stunned and silent before the wild and inexplicable beauties and mysteries of being.” ~ Jane Hirshfield

How do you surrender to the mystery?

Stooped down

God is exalted over all the nations, his glory above the heavens. Who is like our God, the one who sits enthroned on high, who stoops down…raising the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap… (Psalm 113) And God stooped down in the birth of Jesus.

How do you hold the mystery of glory stooped down?