This is a difficult
time of year for those of us that work day jobs. Some mornings,
I go into the building where I teach just as the sun is rising only
to emerge at the end of the day into darkness. Every morning on
my way to work I anticipate the sunrise. I look forward to seeing
the way God will mix light and color in the atmosphere. I have seen
some spectacular sunrises lately.
I made the observation
that just as we are approaching the darkest days of the year; we
do our best to make light a bigger part of our lives. As I drive
home from work each evening, lights are everywhere. The houses are
outlined in multicolored flashing lights. Trees are tipped in bright
white lights. Shrubbery is netted with light. There are reindeer,
Santas, and nativity scenes outlined in lights.
the Festival of Lights, is being celebrated now. Each night they
light a candle in the menorah to celebrate the miracle of Hanukkah.
(The Hebrew word Hanukkah means "dedication." When Judah
the Maccabee and his followers reclaimed the Holy Temple of Jerusalem
from the Syrian King who was suppressing the Jewish people in Israel,
they cleaned the temple and prepared it for rededication. When the
sacred temple Menorah was relit, there was only enough sacred oil
to burn for one day. But the oil miraculously lasted eight days.)
Each night the candles burn through the night bringing more and
more light as the days get shorter and the nights longer.
I think we crave
light. We need light. And as I write this, I realize that light
has so many dimensions. And light is hard to define. Further, there
is light that we see and there is light that we feel or experience.
We can see the effects of true light, just like we can see the effects
of true fire. But true light does not require electricity. True
light is given to us from God. True light is the HOPE that we need
to get through the darkness, to get through the darkest days of
the year and the darkest days of our lives.
Light can move
us into action. Light symbolizes Gods power. Light symbolizes
Gods greatest gift to us. Over 2000 years ago, wise men followed
the bright star announcing the birth of the precious babe Jesus.
And that precious babe grew up to be the Prince of Peace saying,
I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never
walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. (John 8:12)
is often depicted as a lighthouse, as a star, as a guiding light.
It shows us the way to true peace, and joy, and happiness no matter
the circumstances. Gods light can fill our souls and spill
over. We can shine. We can be instruments of Gods light. We
can spread light. And in doing so lead someone back to the Source
if they have strayed.
visualize Gods light filling me up. As I fill up with light,
I send it out to others. I sometimes visualize someone I am praying
for surrounded by Gods light. And when I am feeling really
connected to Gods light, I send light out to the whole world.
When the world
seems so dark around us, we have to share our light. When the night
outlasts the day, we have to create even more light here by loving
others. Light is a precious gift that God has given us. But in order
to keep this gift, we must give it away.
We need Light
We crave Light
We pray for
We are filled
We love the
We shine Light
We share Light
We become Light
who said, Let light shine out of darkness, made his
light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge
of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 1 Corinthians
light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
behold the stars that I do not feel that I am looking into the face
of God. Abe Lincoln
all been given a lighted lamp and it is for us to keep it burning.
We can keep it burning only if we keep on pouring oil inside. That
oil comes from our acts of love. Mother Teresa
Lord, fill us
with your light. Let us be an instrument of your light. Let us shine
your light. Help us all stay focused on your light in these Holy