Ring the bells that still can ring
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in
The wound is the place where light enters
There is a crack in everything God has made
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
In this time of Advent darkness we all pause to find meaning, and search for joy. Our world is rocking with Covid turmoil and angst. Sometimes it feels both personally and collectively vacant, with our familiar terrain losing its definition. We are not sure how we can move forward, especially when our own spirits are wounded.
And yet, can we see that precious and Holy Light shining through our broken places? It’s there within each of us; the gift of God’s grace, given freely to every one of us.
We cannot earn it – this light that is God’s love – but it can be discovered. God abides in every one of us as Light to share and shine into our world. Is this not the hope of Advent; letting the light we are shine?
So may these cracked vessels that we are let those embers glow; indeed, let us blow on them, and yes, let us help each other fan the flames. What did Jesus say? “Let your light shine!” Yes, it is time to let our light shine…indeed!
After all this time
The sun never says to the earth, “You owe me”
Look what happens with a love like that
It lights up the whole sky
-Heidi Root/Gil Healy