During worship at Meeting yesterday, ministry was offered regarding the fact that many Christian churches were celebrating the first Sunday of Advent by lighting one of four candles in a wreath and talking about hope. While I didn’t grow up with the Advent tradition, that message resonated for me and took me to a place of imagining each of us in the circle with lighted candles. A wind picks up and some of the candles are snuffed out. Other candles burn down. We need the Light, especially now in our season of darkness. Our individual candles are not enough. We need each other to help rekindle when needed, as we all draw hope and strength from the Light in the center.
What a helpful image. I’ve never been in Alaska when it was dark, but I have experienced it in the summer with mostly sunlight. Your light conditions make the image more powerful about our need for each other and community. Thanks.