December 22: Whence is that goodly fragrance flowing? Verse 2
What is that light so brilliant, breaking Here in the night across our eyes. Never so bright, the day-star waking, Started to climb the morning skies! What is that light so brilliant, breaking, Here in the night across our eyes.
It was too snowy and cloudy Monday night here to see the lunar eclipse -- or the brilliant stars of the winter sky: Sirius, Orion's belt, or the planet Jupiter.
It was, however, bright enough for the children to be up, well before dawn, ready to go for another day of winter break. Their energy reminds me of the reason we put holidays in the midst of the darkest season of the northern hemisphere.
There are those who worry that our obsession about the duality of light and dark in Christian imagery can lead us into Very Bad Places theologically. While I agree that phrases like "black as sin" have no place in a multicultural faith, I don't think there's any getting away from our human response to LIGHT. We need it. It gives us life. And where it is absent, human beings all over the world seek it out or create it, either by lighting a candle or by searching the night sky. I don't need winter to be warmer than it already is, but I do need some extra light at this time, whether it comes from the stars or from some extra candles around the house.
Whatever kind of night is part of your life right now, may the brilliance of Christ's light give you hope.