Although I’m not a fan of winter cold, I do like the month of December because of all the beautiful Christmas lights that are up. They provide colorful light in the winter darkness.
But then the Christmas season ends–and the lights come down.
The darkness then seems so much stronger. I wonder sometimes just how long it will last…and how long it will be before we see the light again.
It always comes. The darkness cannot conquer the light.
But even more than that, I am reminded of my responsibility to be a bringer of light into the darkness that is part of my world. At times it seems as though the darkness will never end…and at times it seems to be getting stronger and stronger.
But darkness cannot conquer light.
I loved the Harry Potter books and movies. They were a reminder of the constant battle between darkness and light–and the hope that light would eventually triumph (which it did). Sometimes the situation seemed hopeless…and what seemed to be light actually was darkness and vice versa. But, as J.K. Rowling said, “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.”
So who are we?
The winter months give us a choice. We can increase the darkness…or we can be the light that shines in it.
As this new year starts, I am reminded of something that Martin Luther King said: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
May we be the light and love that drive out darkness and hate.