Turn the Light On!!
"When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am
the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never
walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill
cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put
it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives
light to all who are in the house..."
It was a cold, January morning. Frost covered the grass
and a bitter wind was blowing. I was standing out in my
yard watching the stars slowly fade from the sky while I
waited for the return of the dawn. It felt good knowing
that the solstice had passed and now we were finally
getting a few more minutes of light each day. As the sky
started to turn blue my beagle started to tug at her
lease to go in for her breakfast. I let her lead me back
inside, fed her, and poured myself a cup of coffee. Then
I walked to my window and resumed my sky watch.
The clouds had turned purple and were beginning to get
more and more yellow. The north star was gone and only
the moon remained visible in the morning sky. I sipped
my coffee and waited with the delight of a child. Soon I
noticed old Sol slowly rising over the hills. His golden
sunbeams kissed my spirit good morning and I smiled. It
felt so wonderful seeing the light awaken the world. I
knew that it was going to be another glorious day to
live and to love. I gave the sun a gentle salute, closed
the curtain, and thanked God for the light.
Why do we humans so love the light? Maybe it is because
we all came from the light. Maybe it is because we all
long to return to the light once more. All I know is
that the light warms my heart and uplifts my soul. It
can be the rising sun on a cold, Winter's day or the
light of a loved one's smile. It can be the flames from
a crackling fire or a bright hug that comes straight
from the heart. It can be the light of my reading lamp
or the light that shines from the love I share.
I pray that all of you do your best to share your own
light in this world. Your light is your love. Your light
is your joy. Your light is the kindness, gentleness, and
goodness within you. Share it often. Shine it bright.
Always remember too that God loves you. God is love and
God is light. And when you shine your light you grow
closer to the Light that never ends.
By: Joseph J. Mazzella