… go easy, be filled with light, and shine
Light: A meditation at advent
Then Mary responded saying, “This is amazing! I will be a mother for the Lord! As his servant, I accept whatever he has for me.
Luke 1: 38
There are no manuals for the construction of the individual you would like to become. You are the only one who can decide this and take up the lifetime of work that it demands. This is a wonderful privilege and such an exciting adventure. To grow into the person that your deepest longing desires is a great blessing. If you can find a creative harmony between your soul and your life, you will have found something infinitely precious.
You may not be able to do much about the great problems of the world or to change the situation you are in, but if you can awaken the eternal beauty and light of your soul, you will bring light wherever you go. The gift of life is given to us for ourselves and also to bring peace, courage, and compassion to others.
And who would light a lamp and then hide it in an obscure place? Instead, it’s placed where everyone in the house can benefit from its light. So don’t hide your light! Let it shine brightly before others.
Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.
And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.”
What places within you feel alive and light-filled at this time?
What does it look like to offer that light to the world?
Are you being invited to let go of anything or any places of over-doing in order to make space for a new light?
Are you being invited to step out onto a path trusting that light will come as it’s needed?