image bob traupman 2007 / St. Augustine Beach, Florida
WEDNESDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT
I have learned to be intrigued by the shadows of my life, Lord.
The stronger the light, the deeper the shadow.
I have come to realize there will always be shadows.
I must accept the shadows of my life as well as the light; they will just always be there.
And so I now pause for a moment when a shadow greets me;
and take in its beauty.
Teach me to stop and be confronted, to be changed, by them.
This day, Lord, help me to realize what the shadows of my life can teach me
about You and Your great love for me.
Editors note: This was my very first blog post on December 5, 2007.
I had two priests write back and say: “Thank you, Bob. I wonder what they were saying?
I pay a lot of attention to shadows in my photography.
It’s “both ~ and.” That’s the way life is.
Carl Jung in psychology got us to pay attention to the Shadow side of life.
If we deny they are there, we’re in trouble.
If we embrace our Shadow, make friends with it, we become whole.
Now,before you go, here’s a fun music video about Shadows. Click here. (Suggestion: Watch the video that follows; it’s even more amazing.)
And here are today’s Mass readings, if you would like to reflect on them: Click here
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MONDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT
I HAVE LEARNED TO BE INTRIGUED BY THE SHADOWS OF MY LIFE, LORD.
THE STRONGER THE LIGHT, THE DEEPER THE SHADOW.
I HAVE COME TO REALIZE THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SHADOWS.
I MUST ACCEPT THE SHADOWS OF MY LIFE AS WELL AS THE LIGHT; THEY WILL JUST ALWAYS BE THERE.
AND SO I NOW PAUSE FOR A MOMENT WHEN A SHADOW GREETS ME;
AND TAKE IN ITS BEAUTY.
TEACH ME TO STOP AND BE CONFRONTED, TO BE CHANGED, BY THEM.
THIS DAY, LORD, HELP ME TO REALIZE WHAT THE SHADOWS OF MY LIFE CAN TEACH ME ABOUT YOU AND YOUR GREAT LOVE FOR ME.
BY THE WAY, IF YOU HAVEN’T CHECKED OUT THE PAGE THAT TELLS THE STORY ALL ABOUT ADVENT AND THE 7 THEMES OF THIS SERIES HERE’S THE LINK: THE STORY OF ADVENT
EDITORS NOTE: THIS WAS MY VERY FIRST BLOG POST ON DECEMBER 5, 2007.