Today's poem is Advent Calendar by Rowan Williams, which you can find here
The photo was an incredible sunrise, glimpsed only because, waiting to cross the road, I looked east and saw it. Christ comes a bit like that.
And a prayer...
God of sunrise and sunset
Who, in this darkest of seasons
Surprises us with jewel-coloured skies
Red and pinks, gold, orange, mauve and silver...
Fleeting reminders that always, always
You come like the dark...
And you are the light.