Light

“The gift of light — enlightenment, delight, lightness — comes when we tap the places of hope and faith inside us.” ~ Sue Monk Kidd, When the heart waits

How does the light come?

Chiaroscuro

“…if our days were routinely sun-filled, peaceful, tranquil, predictable, without conflict, their very serenity would soon seem flat, humdrum, and stale. God allows his brilliance to be highlighted by shadow and his summer warmth to be contrasted with winter chill so that we will know the difference and appreciate the light and warmth. There is purpose in the divine chiaroscuro.” ~ Luci Shaw

How does the light come?

Advent 2

“In this strange season when we are suspended between realization and expectation, may we be found honest about the darkness, more perceptive of the light.” ~ Jack Boozer

Boundaries

“It’s important to note that God does not obliterate the darkness; rather, God names it and limits it—puts boundaries on it. The boundary is the light.” ~ Lisa Sharon Harper

How do you notice boundaries?

Poppies

The poppies send up their
orange flares; swaying
in the wind, …

…that light
is an invitation
to happiness,
and that happiness,

when it’s done right,
is a kind of holiness,
palpable and redemptive.
Inside the bright fields… ~ Mary Oliver

How are you receiving this invitation?