Advent, Week 1: Spirituality in shades of indigo

November 30, 2010 | Uncategorized

As we move through this first week of Advent, I feel immersed in indigo-tinged prayers. Not literally, since the candles in our Advent wreath and the paper links on our Advent chain are clearly purple. No hints of midnight blue there. But inside, when I settle into prayer, I bask in the deep, dark, blue-purple shades that are meant for this season.

My pastor described it last weekend as the shade of the night sky just before dawn. Perfect imagery, I think. Imagine that dark mixture of black and purple and blue that suddenly transforms into bright oranges and yellows and reds with the appearance of the sun. Or, for those of us following the color chart of Advent spirituality, the appearance of the Son.

We are waiting for the Son-rise of Christmas, the moment when Light enters the world in a totally transforming way, the moment when we open our own lives up to that Light and allow it to cast out the shadows that lurk in our souls.

“…What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” — John 1:5

The infancy narratives are lovely to read during this season leading up to Christmas, but no Scripture speaks to my heart better than the poetry of John’s prologue. If those words had a color, they’d be indigo, don’t you think? Even the readings of this season have an indigo feel to them — the anticipation of Christ’s birth balanced by the anticipation of the second coming and our willingness to be ready for it at any time. Maybe it’s just me, but, boy, that’s as indigo as it gets.

“Stay awake!” Jesus tells us this week. We are on guard for what is to come, but we know enough to be not afraid because just when the night seems to reach its darkest hour comes the Light, and our world is reborn, our indigo souls flushed with the bright white of Christ’s love.

For at least a few minutes each day, soak up the indigo shades of Advent. Prayerfully (and figuratively, if you’re not a morning person) sit in the pre-dawn darkness and feel the anticipation of the sunrise that is to come. Get away from the reds and greens that bombard us during this season and settle into a peaceful, prayerful, joyful, expectant indigo spirituality.

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