Advent 21

And we’ve done it, 10 days in our house. Tomorrow we get to go somewhere. I’m not really sure I want to go anywhere, but the option is there at least. Today the wonder came in the gentle rhythm of survival, boardgames, reading books, a film that I could read my book in, food arriving in our online delivery, a chat with my Mum, Husbandface able to finish early for Christmas so these next few days aren’t just more of the same. It was the shortest day today, the day we turn our eyes up and look for the dawn. We are reading The Voyage of The Dawn Treader at the moment, I think it’s one of my favourites from the Narnia series. I love this prayer of Lucy’s from the dark when all looks lost.

“Lucy leant her head on the edge of the fighting-top and whispered, ‘Aslan, Aslan, if ever you loved us at all, send us help now.‘ The darkness did not grow any less, but she began to feel a little – a very, very little – better...There was a tiny speck of light ahead, and while they watched a broad beam of light fell from it upon the ship…It did not alter the surrounding darkness, but the whole ship was lit up as if by searchlight.
Lucy looked along the beam and presently saw something in it. At first it looked like a cross, then it looked like an aeroplane, then it looked like a kite, and at last with a whirring of wings it was right overhead and was an albatross…It called out in a strong sweet voice what seemed to be words though no one understood them…no one except Lucy knew that as it circled the mast it had whispered to her, ‘Courage, dear heart,” and the voice, she felt sure, was Aslan’s, and with the voice a delicious smell breathed in her face.” – C. S. Lewis, Voyage of the Dawn Treader

I’m pretty sure we all need lion breath courage to face our worlds each day. I love that even though the darkness doesn’t grow any less it begins to feel a bit better as she cries out in desperation to Aslan. On this short day I too rest my head down and whisper, come Lord Jesus, come into our dark and help us navigate our way through it, give courage to our hearts, breathe on us and enable us to take the next step forward.

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