Monday, November 28, 2005

Alternate Advent Readings

On my morning walk in Willamette Park this morning, I noticed some new graffiti scrawled on the door of the tiny structure that houses the park restrooms. The restrooms are only opened from Memorial Day through the end of September--probably to save the Parks Department some maintenence and custodial costs. A big, official Parks Department sign on the door proclaims CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. There is a light on inside the building, though, which is puzzling. It's not a bright enough light to discourage loitering. It just looks like whichever hapless city employee locked up for the winter forgot to turn off that one light.

Under the official door sign, someone has scrawled, "The light is one, but no one is home." The graffiti artist either did not pay attention in spelling class, or was heavily under the influence of whatever it is that inspires people to scrawl graffitti on the doors of public restrooms." The Light is One, but no one is home.

As I proceeded with my walk, I pondered that this snippet of mis-spelled graffitti sounds like it wandered out of an Advent scripture reading.

Maybe from Isaiah: The people who have walked in darkness have seen a great light. The Light is One, but no one is home.

Or maybe John's gospel: The true light that enlightens everyone was coming into the world . . . yet the world knew him not. The Light is One, but no one is home.

Sort of like a post-modern Advent lament.

The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls . . . .

8 comments:

Songbird said...

Nice.

SingingOwl said...

Wow! I loved that post. I'm speechless, which doesn't happen often.

SpookyRach said...

Wonderful!

Sounds like a perfect walk.

Caroline said...

Loved it! This is my first Advent back in a church that celebrates the season. Any ideas of great ways to initiate the congregation in Advent?

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

Oh my....there is alot of power in those words. And in your words.

see-through faith said...

wonderful :)

LutheranChik said...

Oooh...that was cool.

Tammy Jo said...

I love this post! What spiritual insight