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The Light Shines in the Darkness...

'Tis the season! My son received an advent calendar at church yesterday. Day 1 had the Bible verse, "The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it" (John 1:5). This resonated with me in a way that moved my heart and soul.


What if we are the light? What if we shone so brightly that the rest of the darkness in our own hearts, lives, society, and the world did not overtake us? We are a part of the Divine. We have our own light - a Divine spark. What if we didn't have to do anything except continue to shine when the darkness is around us?


Remember that children's song, This Little Light of Mine? "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine! Hide it under a bushel, no! I'm gonna let it shine!"


The light is love. Love of others, love of ourselves, love of the Divine...it seeks us out - like a beacon! It says, "Let me love you." Sometimes the light is hard to see and feel because of all the darkness surrounding us. Sometimes we don't feel worthy of the Light. But that is like your child telling you not to love him or her because he/she is not worthy. What would you say to your child in that case? Is it really so hard to believe that God/Source/The Universe loves us at least as much as we love our children? Unconditionally.


The love we seek we must attract. How do we do that? We shine brightly! We shine in our love for our family, our pets, our friends, ourselves. Then, and only then, can we attract that love because when we are grateful and love those around us (not every single person, mind you), we are sending out a signal to the Universe that, "Yes, I want more of that feeling!" We are matching the frequency of the feeling we want to attract. That is how we become the beacon. That is how we are able to be the lighthouse on the shore...shining brightly for all to see - even through the darkness and storms.


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