We just finished doing a little mid-winter window washing (Alaskans consider above zero temperatures to be quite warm this time of year! Almost like Spring!) and removing the sheers that were blocking the sunlight. I am definitely enjoying the extra light through the window. It dawned on me –no pun intended- that I have been noticing the sunrises and sunsets so much more. Not only because they occur at 10 am and 3 pm, but I really think it’s because of the contrast of darkness and light. Those long winter nights can be very dark.
This year particularly.
No one need say more. The contrast of darkness and light, right and left, the over-riding fears of pandemic and presidential elections have been staggering.
The experience of light brings hope. The sun will continue to rise, the aurora borealis will continue to shine, the seasons continue to change. These constants are stabilizing.
As we approach the Christmas season, let’s remember to give thanks for the blessings and freedoms we have. We are the richest country in the world, in terms of liberty and light. We do not need to cower in fear, but rise up in faith as we look to the Light of the World this Christmas season. Enjoy the Light, partake of the Light, remember the Light, reflect on the Light, receive the Light, and as we do, we will enter the new year, with greater faith, hope and love in our hearts to face the year ahead as we readjust our focus.