The people living in darkness have seen a great light;

On those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawnedMt. 4:16

 

Today is now, tomorrow beckons.

Lean in toward the light.

Keep practicing the resurrection.” ¹ 

Carrie Newcomer

I don’t think any of us would deny that 2020 has been a very dark, stressful, challenging year.  We are still in the middle of the worst pandemic the United States has seen since 1918, and many people are still dying every day.  I doubt there are many of us who haven’t known someone who has died of COVID.  We are experiencing great political strife, and the hatred and division among us continues to fester and display itself in our society every day.  At the same time, our family burdens have increased, from the financial and economic distress due to lost jobs to juggling working from home while virtually schooling children, along with everything else.  Yes! It has been dark, to say the least!

I have always tended to be a “glass half full” person, and when the darkness gets to be too much for me, I can fall into sadness and despair.  I just want to curl up in a fetal position and pull a light-proof blanket over me and stay there until it’s all over!  It’s just too much for me to deal with “out there” in the world!  This year has had plenty of those moments for me, but there have also been numerous amazing, sparkling, beautiful experiences of light and love!

What keeps me going on in hope, love, and joy is when I look for, and recognize, those experiences of light.  We are promised that we “have seen a great light; a light has dawned.”  So, let’s open our eyes and hearts and look for those moments of light that we are blessed with each and every day.  Each day look for moments to “lean in toward the light;” recognize it, relish it, jump for joy in it, and pass it on!  May you all have a very blessed Christmas and a light-filled New Year!

The lyrics to this song by Carrie Newcomer say it all better that I can. The link to the YouTube video of this song is also at the end. Enjoy!

– Rita Simon

Lean In Toward the Light 

Winter is the oldest season, 

But quietly beneath the snow, 

Seeds are stretching out and reaching, 

Faithful as the morning glow.

Carry nothing but what you must. 

Lean in toward the Light. 

Let it go, shake off the dust. 

Lean in toward the Light. 

Today is now, tomorrow beckons. 

Lean in toward the Light. 

Keep practicing resurrection. 

The shadows of this world will say, 

There’s no hope why try anyway? 

But every kindness large or slight,

Shifts the balance toward the light. 

Waters wind and open wide. 

Lean in toward the Light. 

Don’t just walk when you can fly. 

Lean in toward the Light. 

When justice seems in short supply. 

Lean in toward the Light. 

Let beauty be your truest guide. 

The shadows of this world will say, 

There’s no hope why try anyway? 

But every kindness large or slight, 

Shifts the balance toward the light.

The prayer I pray at eventide. 

Lean in toward the Light. 

All left undone be put aside.

Lean in toward the Light. 

And when forgiveness is hard to find, 

Lean in toward the Light. 

Help me at least to be kind. 

Lean in toward the Light. 

Lean in toward the Light.

¹ Words and Music by Carrie Newcomer ©2016 Carrie Newcomer Music (BMI), Administered by BMG Chrysalis https://youtu.be/fxAUmNjWaIs