#AdventBookClub week 5 – day 3 – ‘The Absence’

I have been spending a lot of time lately with the idea of God as a ‘breathing space’ and the poem very much resonated with that. God as space, as place, as room to breathe, as room to wait, to grow, to live. And here we see the God of the in-between, God of relationship, God of connection.

The need for emptiness is striking. And in these empty days (at least for me) between Christmas and the New Year return to work, I am challenged by this. I am, to be honest, struggling to find God in this emptiness which would usually be full of gatherings of all the people I love most. I wonder whether this is an invitation to enter further into emptiness, rather than attempting a pale imitation of all the things I long to fill it with but cannot. I wonder if that’s an invitation I am brave enough to accept. I wonder what of God I might meet there if I am.

This year for #AdventBookClub we are reading “Frequencies of God: walking through Advent with R.S. Thomas” by Carys Walsh. Join the conversation on Twitter using #AdventBookClub or on Facebook by searching for the group ‘Advent Book Club’.

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