Read 2 Peter 1:16-21 and reflect on these words:
Here is my light.
Limited though it is,
I hold it up against the night.
Perhaps you will see it,
and this little glow of mine
will encourage you
to show your own radiance:
each candle sharing its flame with another,
multiplying light in defiance of those
who prefer to live hidden
in deceit's darkness.
Here is my light:
a votive that flickers
in the invisible breeze.
If you add your smooth pillar candle
and if another friend brings a star
and perhaps if a child shares
a Buzz Lightyear nightlight
then together we might really be something!
could be the ray of dawn
that interrupts this deep night.
And you with your candle and she with a star
and the little ones with their nightlights
and I with my votive
will be content
to live together in the dawn
while we wait for the fullness of Day
to arrive and chase away all of the shadows
and lingering phantoms of night.
Then in the presence of the beautiful Day
we will see each other's faces
truly for the first time
without mystery or suspicion.
Let the Day come! Let the Day come!
Wait and watch with me for the brightest Day
to burst upon us. Wait and watch with me.
Come and create dawn with me,
with our lights together
against the night.
~ Rachel Hackenberg, United Church of Christ minister and former CML Summer Staff
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