Advent is the liturgical season leading up to the celebration of Christmas. It’s a time when the Church focuses on the prophecies of a coming Messiah, particularly as we find announced by the prophets of the Hebrew scriptures, the prophecy of a Messiah who comes to bring peace and salvation to those who live in God’s spirit. We are called to move out of darkness toward the light, which is God’s presence in our life and world. The images I present this week are about darkness and light.
Advent is a period of waiting and expectation, mirroring the patient hope and expectation of Mary, as she prepared to give birth to Jesus. Any act of creation is an action of the spirit within us to bring forth beauty and life. Perhaps you have had the experience of creating beauty, whether in the arts or architecture or medicine or teaching kindergarten or writing an essay or any human endeavor which comes from the pursuit of beauty or truth.
It’s this creative impulse which drives my photography–an attempt to portray the variety and beauty of the world around us as seen and interpreted through my eyes.
Our world is still in need of people who accept the message of the prophets, who receive God’s spirit of peace and truth. May the Messiah find a home in each one of us, and may we live out the call of John the Baptist, “Prepare the way of the Lord. Make straight his paths.” (Mark 1:3)
“Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us! This is the Lord for whom we looked; let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!” (Isaiah 25:9)