The events that unraveled in the world over the last two years seem to have created a conscious shift in the hearts and minds of so many around the world. Normal things that once were taken for granted, like visiting loved ones, going to school/work, even going outside for a walk were altered and had to be diligently thought through so as to be mindful of the dangers they posed to self and others. We were asked to disconnect, separate and isolate from the very things that give meaning and purpose to our lives.
Fear, disbelief and despair quickly began to take hold and became the dominant force in society, as more and more restrictions were set in place. Our hopes were now fixed on a quick and easy solution so that “normality” as we knew it, could be restored. On a few occasions I thought to myself, is the time now? Has God chosen to abandon his people, leaving them in physical and spiritual isolation and despair?
“Where is God now?”
Thankfully, I knew where to look when these feelings arose. I waited in silent meditation and allowed myself to be guided by the light of the Spirit within, and to ponder the mystery of salvation that has already entered under my roof. With this interior way of viewing, my spirit was illuminated to see beyond the darkness of entrapment and fear, so as to experience the ever-calming, present light and wisdom that assured me of Christ’s loving presence.
“I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).
Where is God now?
He is where he always is, silently shining through all aspects of his creation and consciously aware of our presence and participation in his kingdom here on earth and in his kingdom to come. The real gift of Christmas, that was brought forth through the birth of Jesus, was the light of truth of his father’s indwelling and unconditional love for us and has the power to penetrate all forms of darkness that try to distort our awareness of who we are created in the image and likeness of God. He is the constant presence deep within our being which guides and illuminates every step of the way on our journey of life.
As we enter into this hope filled season of Advent, let it be an opportunity to ponder, reflect and prepare joyfully once again for the one who brought the light of salvation through his birth.
May we awaken to a deeper awareness that the ‘light of the world’ could never abandon his people in the most challenging of times. And may we receive with joyful hope the reassurance that our Heavenly Father is preparing his creation in love for even better things to come.
Christopher Burke is Marketing Manager at the Iosas Centre and Celtic Prayer Garden, Donegal