Thinking About Light

We received many messages of condolence after my father-in-law passed away earlier this month.  One friend had written,  “We will continue to hold your family in the light.”  

Photo I took of the sunrise at a Bedouin camp in Israel

Seeing the light at a Bedouin camp in Israel. Two of my students woke me up early and we sat on rocks watching silently as the sun rose and spread its light across the desert . 

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
― Martin Luther King Jr.

We were waiting in line to pass through security in the airport in Delhi India when suddenly the lights went out. The entire airport was plunged into immediate and total darkness. I grabbed my husband Dave’s hand and we waited for the lights to come back on. It took nearly five minutes. I was surprised how frightening it was to not be able to see anything. How reassuring and comforting to have someone I loved to hang onto till the light returned.

There is a crack in everything. That’s how light gets in.   Leonard Cohen

Photo I took of the Taj Mahal at dawn

The Taj Mahal at dawn

It is so dark. It is 5 am. Monkeys are chattering, pigeons cooing and high- pitched calls to prayer echo around us. I look up to see a fruit bat flying overhead, its huge wings flapping loudly. A rose light seeps into the sky casting pink shadows on manicured trees and lawns.  I can see the Taj Mahal perfectly reflected in the long narrow pool that leads up to it. A lone hawk is circling the top minaret, stopping for a moment to hover at its pinnacle. As the dawn’s light washes over the masoleum I think how beloved the woman it was built for must have been. The light of her husband’s life. 

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness does not overcome it.  John 1:5

Sun Dogs on the Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg

Sun Dogs lighting the sky at the Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg

We are celebrating our first mid autumn festival in Hong Kong. We head down to the ocean with hundreds of other people all carrying  paper lanterns.    The children are waving light sticks and have on phosphorescent necklaces and bracelets.  Even the dogs wear “glow in the dark” collars.   At the beach, we pick a spot to sit down and put dozens of small red candles in the sand. We light them and sit around our burning circle of light visiting and singing. The moon is gorgeous and the seashore is full of families, each with their own little candle fire enjoying the light of the moon and one another’s company.

We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.- J. K. Rowling 

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