I love the light of winter where I live. The stars on a cold night glow with extra brilliance in the clear, dark sky.
After several cloudy days, the weather began to change in late afternoon. I went for a walk around the neighborhood at sunset. The departing light sent rays of beautiful yellow and gold onto a sky of blush pink with a hint of the blue that had been missing all day. Such beauty after a dull, gray day.
The next morning I woke in the dark but, by the time I looked out the window, the light was just beginning. The dark is no longer dark, even though I can’t see sunlight. There is a brightness at the horizon, moving into the darkness, creating colors I can’t describe. I hold my breath in awe. Only a fleeting moment and they are gone as the light of day begins.
The darkness of night or the drabness of gray days seems to attune my eyes and my heart to receive the gifts of light on a clear or clearing day. I wonder if we need to be aware of darkness in our lives or in our world in order to notice the light and be moved by it.
Where have you experienced light shining out of darkness?
What brings you awe?
Looking back over the past 24 hours or week or year, see where you have experienced the light shining. Give thanks for those gifts.
For further reflection:
“Praise the Lord! … Praise him, sun and moon; praise him all you shining stars!” (See Psalm 148.)
“In the beginning . . . the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep….And God said, ‘Let there be light’ . . . (See Genesis 1: 1-4).