advent…a trial by fire


At heaven’s high command,

a white-hot beam of purest light

penetrates time and space

to touch our tiny blue planet.


Silence is muted by the

wholly alien presence with

whispering whir of mighty wings.

Flesh crawls with palpable wide-eyed terror

as the dazzling creature of holy flame

fixes its piercing gaze on 

a pale, trembling mortal.


“Do not be afraid.”  


Surprising, melodious words 

uttered by the molten-gold messenger.

But when he speaks again–

eyes lower, palms sweat, and

dry lips must answer with

the total stuttering truth

or risk disintegrating

in ashes and smoke.



11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gina
    Nov 30, 2018 @ 05:58:06

    fear and trembling followed by a warm reassurance, a lovely reading for advent, preparing our hearts to receive blessings


  2. kanzensakura
    Nov 29, 2018 @ 21:32:20

    Beautiful Lynn. A perfect meditation for Advent. The reference to Mary and her fear and the heavenly reassurances that surround her give us hope for our daily lives


  3. Frank Hubeny
    Nov 29, 2018 @ 15:26:53

    I like the dichotomy at the end of truth or ashes and smoke.


  4. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Nov 29, 2018 @ 13:46:17

    This was a great vision… a sermon for us all.


  5. Victoria C. Slotto
    Nov 29, 2018 @ 12:04:13

    Profoundly beautiful Lynn. As it applies to Mary, so to us each and every day.


  6. Angie Vik
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 18:46:15

    Beautiful. great thoughts. Loved this.


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