Latin: Lumen Hilare
Greek: Φῶς Ἱλαρόν
English: Hail Gladdening Light!
As I get older, the noise of life gets louder. The noise of Christians sorting this tittle and that jot gets louder. The noise of doing, carrying-on in work of the Kingdom and in life’s demands gets louder.
I long for, seek; no yearn for the deep presence of God. I find myself wanting to be in the powerful silence of His presence. I long to stop talking, stop asking, stop discerning, stop strategising, stop striving…I long for Him – not to understand, not to know, not to think through, not for facts, not for purpose or being sent. Just Him.
In my twenties, I never thought I’d reach a place where life got noisy and at times, even burdensome. Yet, it does at times. It leaves me tired. I rest, get up, lean in and go. I want to do that and will continue to do that. Yet, as never before I yearn for God -for Christ Himself… not about Him, but Him.
The traditions of the liturgical are satisfying for my soul. I don’t know if you’ve ever faced this, but in the midst of yearning for Him, I hope you join me if you have yet not.