Have you had time to study your light? What did you discover? Where’s your best light?
Start a page in your journal….. and write a few light study notes.
Light is an ongoing study….don’t stop now.
These were the words that started a course in still life photography . Only they sounded like more. The words sounded personal as I thought about the light that had dimmed in my life.
I like rooms flooded with natural light. I notice the slivers that play on the floor or across the edge of the desk. I feel its warmth and am energized by its brightness.
Have you experienced seasonal affective disorder? Its cause is the lessening of natural light and increasing darkness typically starting in late fall, lasting to spring. Its symptoms include fatigue, depression, hopelessness and social withdrawal. The treatment for this is light.
Take notice. Notice places of light in our home. Pay attention to our surroundings.
Look around. Notice. Take it in. Study. Look with intention and attention to the ordinary, to the mundane, to the same.
What do you see? What do you notice in the sameness that surrounds you?
Is it a vase with silk flowers that has sat in the same place for so long you forgot the simple pleasure they bring? Maybe it’s the same smile your child wears when they walk through the door on a visit home from college? The same can be new when we see it in a new light.
Even a small ray of light will cut through the darkness. We just have to remember to look.
Notice. Take it in. Study. Look with intention and attention to the ordinary, to the mundane, to the same.
I study the light. How it shows the streaks on our windows, how it casts long shadows in the afternoon. And I saw a light that needed to be rekindled. A flame not as bright as it once was. A light neglected.
The prophet Isaiah said, “the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow, a light has shined.” Isaiah 9:2
Lent seems to be shrouded in darkness as we contemplate the darker stories of the New Testament. The temptations of Christ, his followers denying and betraying him. His beating and ultimate crucifixion.
Is there any less darkness today? Violence in our schools and neighborhoods, financial uncertainty and political campaigns that have upstaged reality television.
Are you sitting in the darkness? Some days it takes effort, intention, attention to see through the dark that threatens and to find the flame that still flickers.
“The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.“ John 1:4-5