Lux In Tenebris Lucet: Friday, December 16

Day 19 of our 28-day Advent journey of mini-dispatches to give you pause and light.

I'm blown like smoke and blind as wind
Except for when your love breaks in
Maybe to those who love is given sight
To pierce the wall of seeming night
And know it pure beyond all imagining
Engine throb, street cruise light, bullet car flash
Hollow beauty, night gleam, oily river, tension glass
Ultraflame, glittering dust falling in slow motion
Clouds tumbling one over another into apparent emptiness
It's like a big fist breaking down my door
I never felt such a love before
Maybe to those who love it's given to hear
Music too high for the human ear
And clear as hydrogen to go singing”
—BruceCockburn, from “After the Rain”

“The Spirit brooded over the face of the waters…”
—Genesis 1:2

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