twi·light / ˈtwaɪˌlaɪt / noun

1. the soft, diffused light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, either from daybreak to sunrise or, more commonly, from sunset to nightfall.

2. the period in the morning or, more commonly, in the evening during which this light prevails.

Photo: G. Tan, 2013

Let us prepare for Advent. Our theme is Advent at Twilight. Twilight is the transitional movement, usually of one kind of light to another. Spiritually, we may speak of the transition of one space to another. The Advent journey is in a way, a twilight space. Such ‘in-betweeness’ is also called a ‘liminal space.’

Richard Rohr OFM writes:

[It is] a unique spiritual position where human beings hate to be but where the biblical God is always leading them. It is when you have left the tried and true, but have not yet been able to replace it with anything else. It is when you are finally out of the way. It is when you are between your old comfort zone and any possible new answer. If you are not trained in how to hold anxiety, how to live with ambiguity, how to entrust and wait, you will run…anything to flee this terrible cloud of unknowing. | Richard Rohr


Have you found yourself in a place of ‘not-yet’? How do you deal with this waiting? Are you easily anxious? Or are you so much of a doer that you don’t even realise you’re in a hurry?