Our traditional winter celebrations hinge upon light. Candles are lit one by one over eight nights, houses draped in brightly colored lines pop up throughout December, bonfires blaze in back yards on Solstice night. On Christmas day, one television channel even televises several hours of logs burning in a fireplace.
Since these traditions originated in the northern hemisphere, the breaking of the darkness and lengthening of days is a reason for celebration. Harvest is over; the abundance must now last us until the green appears. The infinitesimal lengthening of the sunshine promises that first spring harvest will come.
Long ago, we discovered the promise of the light. In the midst of a terribly broken world, a light shone forth into the darkness. It brought oil for eight nights. It brought the promise of the next year’s harvest. It brought a messiah to save us all.
However, with all of the celebration, we sometimes forget that we are the light as well. The promise of the light lies within us, and it is up to us to bring it forward.
“Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world.
All things break. And all things can be mended.
Not with time, as they say, but with intention.
So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally.
The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.”
Celebrate the light, but don’t forget. We all wait for you: the light in the darkness, the mender, the lover.
Allow your light to pour forth. Let the love that is within you generate waves which no one can resist. May the night break to find you laughing and singing and dancing and crafting your love!
Merry, happy, jolly holidays to you all!