Now, more than ever, we need all the Light we can get.
And if we look for it — if we simply allow ourselves to see it — we find that it’s already all around us.
Here in the principles of community & purpose & creativity that are the Light of Kwanzaa.
Here in the miracle remembered through the Light of the menorah candles.
Here in the Festival of Lights, Diwali's celebration of Good triumphant over evil.
Here in the passionate love for the Divine that is the Light of Islam.
Here in our own enlightenment, which we choose & create as we contemplate the Buddha’s awakening.
Here in the radiance of open hearts embracing the audacious possibility of love & kinship between all people, promised in the story of an infant born to be the Prince of Peace, Joy to the World.
Here in the beauty of sunlight sparkling on snow, and the sparkle of wonder in the eyes of children.
The Light shimmers in all the tinsel and twinkle and trappings of this Season — sacred and secular, commercial and holy, universal and personal.
Here it is, and I accept it. All of it. I delight in it with wonder and gratitude.
Happy Holidays, everyone!