“I am the light of the world.” John 8:12
Jesus is said to have made the above statement that he is the light. The truth is that we are all the light. In this time where the days are short and the darkness comes more quickly than earlier in the year, it can be a challenging to see the light. This is true particularly now that we are now well into the holiday season with its many activities and distractions. For those grieving a loss, this is a particularly difficult time to see the light. This can also be true for those who find the holidays difficult generally amidst the festivities.
It is so important not to deny such feelings and at the same time it also necessary to remember that we have a light within us that never dies. It may be obscured and hard to see but nevertheless it shines beyond the darkness. It is the light that gives us hope and the courage to keep going when darkness seems all around.
For those whose light is shining brightly, it is important to share that light with those who cannot see the light for themselves. The light of those who are no longer with us in physical form also continues to shine. I was reminded of this as I listened on the radio to Khizir Khan who spoke so eloquently during the 2016 Democratic National Convention about his son Humayun Khan who died in Iraq in June 2004 . He described his son as a light that continued to shine even though he can no longer see him in physical form. Although he misses his son he sees his light in the scholarship fund he has created in his memory and in how Humayun’s military colleagues describe his kindness and service to others.
At this time, I invite you to see the darkness and light as part of life’s continuum that provides us with insights and gifts that open us to see life in a new way. The darkness is sometimes the means through which we open ourselves to see the light within us and in everyone and everything. When we realize this, we can celebrate the light and dark in equal measure.