Lights are kindled in the long dark of the winter night, the same fires our forbearers lit in hope and faith that, in time, the sun would return to warm the earth.
Now is the season of lights—Diwali, Chanukah, Tazaungdaing, St. Lucia’s Day, Loi Krathong, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, Yule, and Christmas. Every Sunday morning in worship we begin by lighting candles, symbols of our hope and our faith. In this season of waiting we light more candles to remind us that the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it. Across cultures fire signals divine power and knowledge, witness, sacrifice, purification & illumination, courage, curiosity, and the quest for justice.
I encourage you this week, as we prepare a space within our hearts for the light of Christmas, to take a quiet moment to simply behold…
- Behold the beauty of candlelight
- Behold the wonder of the stars in the heavens at night
- Behold the preciousness of love
Blessings and peace be with you,