A time of waiting…the hours before the Light returns…

There is a stillness about Easter Eve. Whether you are Christian, hold another faith, or none, the underlying archetypes of the Easter journey are common to all human experience.

Iona Cross, Full Moon, August 21 2013

Iona Cross, Full Moon

photo: Anne Whitaker

We have all, unless we have led a supremely charmed life, been cast out into the wilderness at one time or another. Life has crucified us all, to a greater or lesser extent. We have been in the Underworld, have known what it is like to go through experiences so severe that we die to our old selves. Then there is the wait, the wait in darkness, fear, and not knowing.

Will we ever emerge, reborn? And when we do emerge, who are we now? Who recognises us, acknowledges and honours where we have been?

And the most profound  question of all: what should we do with the life which has been given back to us?

As ever, in times of waiting, the great poets have been there before us, giving a context, bringing collective dignity to our individual struggles. Here are some magnificent lines from T.S.Eliot to see you through this dark night, before the Easter light returns:

“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.”

T.S.Eliot “East Coker” No 2 of the Four Quartets

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T S Eliot

T S Eliot

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10 responses to “A time of waiting…the hours before the Light returns…

  1. Thank you for such beautiful thoughts and that precious quote. Have a wonderful Easter, Anne!

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  2. This is such a wonderful and timely musing, Anne. Thank you for sharing it. Wishing you a beautiful and renewing Easter. Blessings, Jamie

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  3. Reblogged this on Sophia's Children and commented:
    Since this is a wonderful and very timely musing, I’m reblogging it this Easter eve (though the wisdom is apt whatever the time or date, because in some way, something’s always rising and resurrecting in our lives!).

    Big Love and Happy Easter,
    Jamie

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  4. Very much appreciated, Jamie!
    Easter Blessings,
    Anne

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  5. Trudy Armitage

    Anne, this is quite beautiful and very pertinent to me at this time.
    Blessings to you,
    Trudy

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  6. Many thanks, Trudy! I write out of my own experience, filtered through the good fortune of being able to nourish my spirit with wonderful writing such as Eliot’s …. So glad my musings reached out to offer you support. Sometimes we just have to wait since there is nothing else to be done…
    Blessings back,
    Anne

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  7. How true that is — that sometimes, we just have to wait, since there is nothing else to be done. On the other hand, there is a time to move beyond waiting. Clinging to a comfortable darkness, rather than embracing the clarity of life, can be more tempting than we sometimes like to confess!

    A happy Easter, Anne — to your and yours.

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