Sunday, November 29, 2009

Advent: From a closet fertilized by hope

“Advent wreath, First Advent Sunday” by Micha L. Rieser

We celebrate the first Sunday of Advent with an excerpt from “Rite for Advent” by Chris Glaser, published in Equal Rites: Lesbian and Gay Worship, Ceremonies, and Celebrations:

One: The closet may be a fertile place:
creativity bursts out of a lonely hell,
and from a closet fertilized with hope,
the spirit leaps from a monastic cell.

Many: Those born in darkness
have seen life.

One: Out of dark soil sprouts new life,
from darkness springs embodied hope.
Both stretch for the illumination
of the cosmic landscape.

Many: Those born in darkness
have seen life.

One: Dear God,

Many: We seek your Word embodied
in life rooted in fertile darkness.
In life stretching for illumination,
we await your transforming Word.

Chris Glaser is a gay Christian author and activist. He currently pastors at Virginia Highland Church, a progressive Baptist and United Church of Christ congregation in Atlanta.

(A humorous note from Kittredge: I used a voice recognition program to do this post, reading the prayer aloud from the book and letting the computer convert it into text. It often makes funny mistakes, but this one really made me laugh. I read, “Creativity bursts out of a lonely hell.” The computer typed: “Creativity bursts out of a lonely cow.” LOL! I share this in the joyful spirit of the Advent season. Watch out for lonely cows.)


Jon said...

I hope they're at least GAY lonely cows ;)
Really though this was really beautiful and powerful. Thanks for sharing!

pennyjane said...

well, advent....hoping, expecting, anticipating...listening...waiting...being the creschendo.

and then....(poof) the light! the wonderful light!

it's a beautiful, and meaningful metaphore. thank you.

much love and hope. pj

KittKatt said...

It brightens my Advent to discover your lovely comments shining here. Jon, I see that you’re also a new follower of this blog. Welcome!

PennyJane, we met a couple of years ago through another blog, and I’ve come to appreciate your thoughtful, loving spirit. I’m so happy to have you commenting more frequently here! Thank you for “being the crescendo” here, there and everywhere.

Trudie said...

I got so involved with family things over the holiday that today is the first time I've logged onto the blog since Thursday. Fabulous items! Thanks, Kitt!

Yewtree said...

Beautiful Advent poem. Thanks.

Yewtree said...

This reminds me of another Advent reflection by a gay Anglican priest, written in 1997, and still relevant today.

KittKatt said...
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KittKatt said...

Thanks for all the Advent encouragement! Yewtree's link is well worth a visit.

Anonymous said...

I love this poem - thank you for it. Blessings this Advent.
Br Graham

Anonymous said...

The 'A prayer in the dark' article from a Gay Anglican priest is deeply meaningful. Thank you for pointing me in that direction. For those who haven't read it - go there!
Br Graham