Winter is here.
Gone are the birds, the sounds of leaves, the laughter of children
playing in the light-long day.
Windows are closed…Silence pervades.
Thus it is that bells and chimes have special power to awaken the soul
delighting the ear in the silence, even as candles bring joy
to the eye in the darkness.
Be careful of enemy noises seeking to turn the attention to the outer,
the frenetic, the hastenings for things and plans.
We’re not meant to despise the gifts and even the shopping.
Just be attentive to those bells and gentle chimes yhat call to inwardness,
to quiet, to a space that is hedged about by the Angel of the Lord
so that there can be announced to your heart as to Mary’s:
“You will conceive in your womb
and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus.”
Alphabytes are object meditations
that move through the alphabet two times
in the course of the fifty-two weeks in the year.
“Chimes” introduces the Third Week in Advent:
winter in the north, summer in the south.
To view all of them, see the menu option Alphabytes