An Artist's Quest

Let it Shine: thoughts on the winter solstice

Let Your Light Shine Drawn on the iPad

Let Your Light Shine
Drawn on the iPad

Today is the Winter Solstice. Day scurries past, rushing to get her errands done before Night enters, draped in black velvet streaked with moon shadows and star pricks, to sit upon the throne for this the longest night.

We must know the dark to know the light.  In the recent rememberings of Mandela after his death there was a quote that struck me:

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”― Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela knew the dark very well.  And in knowing could with full confidence choose the light. We cannot know the light without the dark.  Let the darkness embrace you then take up the match and light your lantern and let it shine!

Here is a link to a Maya Angelou poem that I found very moving reflecting on Mandela I hope you enjoy it too.


2 responses

  1. Mary Anne

    Thank you for this – may your light continue to shine brightly!

    December 22, 2013 at 7:08 am

  2. Anne R. Blanton

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again-you’re amazing! So missed the Advent retreat- a yearly ritual that fills me so very deeply. Blessings to you, Jack and Ivan Anne

    December 22, 2013 at 8:14 am

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