Another year has passed. Another resolution to write more has seemingly slipped away. I have started many reflections throughout 2020. Then I feel a block. I’m usually an outspoken person. Lately, it’s been challenging to accurately express my feelings. There are no words to ease the pain and suffering that has taken place in our world and communities. People are divided, struggling, and afraid. While I have been silent at times, I am hopeful my actions have spoken volumes. I believe acts of kindness and compassion can help undo all that is unjust and hurtful.
Below is a reflection I recently wrote for an Advent Devotional. It helped me put 2020 into perspective. While this is inspired by scripture, I respect and recognize that we all come from different faiths. No matter where we stand with religion, we are connected by one light.
“When God began to create[a] the heavens and the earth—the earth was without shape or form, it was dark over the deep sea, and God’s wind swept over the waters—God said, “Let there be light.” And so light appeared. God saw how good the light was. God separated the light from the darkness. God named the light Day and the darkness Night.”Dec 15: Genesis 1:1-5a [Genesis 1:1-5]
Darkness can be a scary place. We especially feel the most vulnerable when we are alone in the dark. Those fears start when we are young children. How many of us needed a nightlight, a security blanket, or teddy bear to help us feel safe at night? Do you remember what frightened you the most back then?
As adults, it’s easy to dismiss overactive imaginations as the cause for most childhood fears. In adulthood, that deep sea of darkness can overwhelm our lives in more identifiable ways – grief, illness, substance abuse, unemployment, struggles with relationships, or the uncertainty of tomorrow. In such times, we still seek light and a sense of security just as we did when we were children.
We must remember that we are all part of one universal light, and it is always with us, even in our darkest moments. We are also empowered to be the light for others when they cannot see beyond their sorrows.
During the Advent season, we are reminded to be and share the light. From Christmas lights, to candles, may the light we see inspire us to extend our hand in friendship and peace to those in need, making the world a brighter place.