It is Lucy Day. The city is coming out of a brutal cold snap and we are awaiting another snowfall. This is life in a northern town. In honor of the day I am including a slightly altered version of my reflection on the Feast of Saint Lucy from 2011 here:
“The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”John 1:4-5 (NLV)
“Yet still a light is shining from that lamp on down the hall. Maybe the star of Bethlehem wasn’t a star at all.” Neil Young
It is a day for light. A feast day to celebrate darkness being overcome. In March 1996 I thought of what it was to stand in a doorway and look at someone still asleep, the person you would move the world for and I think of children who fall asleep with their lights on and if you forget to turn them off the night before how you wake up to your coffee and see a beam of light as bright as any star in the sky coming through the hall.
In the cold dark of winter there is light. It is a season of light and a season I have never felt apart. It starts with the first small light on the first candle of the wreath, it travels through the white bulbs that light up Michigan Avenue and Andersonville. It is the blazing candles on birth eve and it is the soft light on girls heads and the star hats of boys on the day of Lucy’s proclamation. It is watching the star led procession of our own stars of Bethlehem as they walk through the sanctuaries of churches the world over.
Darkness does not overcome the light even in the cold of December. The sun still shines in the winter sky, the polar constant still adorns the night. The earth may still have its evil with its hate, poverty, hunger, and ignorance, but the creation itself remains good. God still looks down to say, “this is very good.”
And what it our call? It is this….”to let our light shine before others that they may see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven.”(Matthew 5:16)
Image: Sankta Lucia i Vaxholms Kyrka 2009 Creative Commons, Bengt Nyman