Advent of Innocence

Advent Painting - Piercing the Darkness

Advent of Innocence
Today is the first Sunday of Advent in the Christian Faith. Emmanuel, God with us, was the prophesy of the promised Messiah. A time when God himself would take on the human embodiment to show us what it would be like to live and love in a life contradictory to the norms and darkness of the day. It is interesting to me that the Messiah came to us in the innocence of a tiny baby. The future life and sacrifice of Jesus brought forgiveness, grace, and peace to all who choose to believe.

The Word made flesh
Advent of innocence brings
Light piercing darkness

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Painting: Dwight L. Roth

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Miracle in Thailand

Thai boys in cave

The world watched the story of the Thai soccer players and their coach.  Lost in an underground cavern, water from Monsoon rains forced them in deeper and deeper to find high ground. Days later, when they were discovered by British Navy Seals in Scuba gear, their worries were not abated.  A long dangerous underwater rescue was necessary to bring them out. All were safely brought out and the world breathed a collective sigh and a prayer of thanks for the miracle just witnessed. This poem focuses on the initial entrapment.

Trapped in the Dark

Young boys huddled in the dark

Lose track of time as days go by

High ground becomes lower

Monsoon season feeds the flow.

With no way out …they wait //

Hope // and pray that help will come

Waiting // Waiting // Waiting

Batteries die leaving pitch blackness

Meditation helps relieve desperation

Thirst quenched from cave wall drippings

Food is gone // Black time silently ticks on

All that remains is the dripping sound of silence

Echoing through the endless cavern

Days of cold never ending night go on and on

Waiting // Waiting // Waiting

Talking ceases as they await their fate

A mirage of dim light appears in the depths

Must be hallucinations

No // it’s getting brighter

A scuba diver breaks the water surface

Hope is not lost!!

Now the scary part

Underwater rescue

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Photo from the French news agency on Edge.

If you would like to know the exact day to day timeline of events surrounding the rescue you can find them here:

http://www.businessinsider.com/thai-cave-rescue-timeline-how-it-unfolded-2018-7#wednesday-july-11-the-soccer-team-recovers-in-the-hospital-18