"It just struck me that Jesus never celebrated Advent, he never had to 'await and anticipate the coming of the Light'. It seems that there is a great and foundational lesson in this fact. Why do we await and anticipate what we carry within us?" Jennifer Hawley-Zechlin, Facebook friend.
Today on a rather dreary Monday, I have watching the light of the sun in its as the day drifts by. It has gone from shining bright in a clear blue sky to gauzy through the incoming clouds to a golden glow in the late afternoon at the sun begins to decline. Tonight lights will shine to guide the way on streets and sidewalks. Newly hung Christmas and Hannukah lights will twinkle merrily in anticapatory celebration of the fifth day of Hannukah and the oncoming Christmas holidays. Light plays a crucial part in our daily lives. Even blind people feel its warmth upon their faces.
As Jennifer says, we carry the light of those who have gone before us, within us. We just need to remember to, as the old song goes, "this little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine." It comes from deep inside filtering out through our eyes, our interactions with others, our soul. We may try to suppress it or not be aware of it sometimes, but it is always there, a light that reveals in us to others just who we are.
Today I celebrate light, both the light that is already here, within us, around us and the light that is coming one day to reveal all. Today is advent for me is about light, pure and simple.