Sunday, December 28, 2008

Walking in the Light

Sister Sun, painting by Jan Blencowe

About This Painting:
Colors reminiscent of the southwest, vibrant and earthy combine to form a scared female figure.
Artist: Jan Blencowe
Media: acrylic
Size: 11 in X 14 in (27.9 cm X 35.6 cm)

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Musings on Light and Life

We all are on a journey through life and light is sometimes a practical, literal need like when we're driving on winding back roads at night we instinctively reach for the switch that turns on the bright headlights. Sometimes the need for "bright lights" is a metaphorical one. It's a need for guidance, direction, comfort, protection. Light that dispels darkness whether actual, psycological or spiritual is a most welcomed thing. Ever notice how one tiny candle can lighten an entire room that is dark. At about 11:45pm on Christms Eve my husband and I had just started putting the gifts out under the tree when suddenly the lights dimmed, all the lights on the tree and the multiple strands of tiny white lights in the front window, the lights in the dining room and in the hall. We both turned and looked at the window festooned with lights. Outside there was a very distinct, eerie blue glow everywhere and then the lights went out. "Well , that was weird" I commented and my husband replied , "You saw it too, huh? A transformer just went." Thousands of waats of electricity released into the air, looking to ground itself. There we were with no lights and, no gifts under the tree yet. The kids (though they are teenagers) all came running upstairs and we fumbled around until we found the lighter and lit one of the candles on the mantel, and that one small candle flame lit up the whole room in a split second. As I'm sitting here on a gray, dark December day at the end of the year I'm thinking about how our Christmas Eve mishap was a lot like life. Some crisis happens, death, divorce, illness, unemployment, and it's as if the plug is pulled on everything good in our life and we are in darkness, whatever we were in the middle of is halted abruptly, we fumble and flounder about, but just one small light, (an encouraging word from a friend, an offer of help, an answered prayer), floods our dark life with light, suddenly we are relieved. Once one candle, whether real or metaphorical, is lit we can go on and light other candles until our whole life is aglow with light and we are comforted, protected, and can now see which way to go. If you are in need of some light don't dispair the whole world is not dark, just your neighborhood. If you know someone whose life is dark, be the first spark to dispel some of their darkness and through word or deed light a candle in their life.

"The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it” John 1:5

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