The rhythm of expectant waiting works as a counterpoint to all the busy-ness of our lives. It’s not that we can – or even need to – step away from the rhythms of ordinary life. But rather that they are woven through and pervaded by this other rhythm, this slow, gentle rhythm of expectancy.
And so, as Underhill reminds us, it is with the lives of the saints. Not that saints lead perfect lives, or that they necessarily draw aside from all the distractions of the world. Indeed, many of the holiest people are deeply immersed in the ordinary messiness of life. But rather the imperfect lives of the saints are shot through with another rhythm, and underpinning pulse of life which is the Divine within them. That is what we often experience when we encounter saints, those people who “steadily radiate God”. By their lives they draw us all more deeply into the rhythm of the Divine life in the world.
This year for #AdventBookClub we are reading ‘Music of Eternity: meditations for Advent with Evelyn Underhill’ by Robyn Wrigley-Carr. Join the conversation in the Facebook group, or by following the hashtag on Twitter.