When you need to break through the darkness

Have you had time to study your light? What did you discover? Where’s your best light?

Journal it
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.

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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.

dark moody My Still Sunday

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light and darkness

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

More about Debby Hudson

Where do you find grace? Inside the church walls? Around the dinner table with your family? For years, grace was not much more than the prayer we said before meals or a biblical concept. Then I met a group of men who had, as we say, reached bottom. They welcomed me to Graceland. They showing me grace can be found in the darkest of places. I'm still searching and learning. I hope you'll want to come along.

10 thoughts on “When you need to break through the darkness

  1. hopeful50

    Love the photos. The Light came to dispel the darkness. Great post! We are neighbors at Holley’s!


    1. Debby Hudson

      Hello, good neighbor! I’m thankful His light will never go out. We sure need to remember this on dark days. Thanks Susan.


  2. Valerie Sisco at Grace with Silk

    LOVE your photos! I heartily agree that some days it takes quite a bit of effort to look for the light to cut through the darkness of our circumstances and moods, but I know it’s always there no matter how small the rays! Always enjoy my visits to your little online home, friend! 🙂


    1. Debby Hudson

      Hi Valerie! I have enjoyed how much the photography parts have merged in my life. It seems to be a more complete picture for me. Experimenting with the moodier photo shots was good for me as it’s a stretch and not my natural inclination but the light….oh, I love that the most. I need to keep that in mind in all ways. Thanks for your ever kind words!


  3. Sheila

    Love your photographs. I think I see a new career blooming! And yes, the light draws me. I especially love early morning light…promise of the day, end of night’s shadows. Beautiful post! ~ Sheila


    1. Debby Hudson

      Maybe because we’re on the east coast and the morning light is more vivid but that’s what I prefer too. I like how you describe it as the promise of the day. Thanks, Sheila 🙂


  4. sarahgirl3

    Oh yes. Sometimes even the things I love are put in the background because I forget they are there.
    I am loving the weather this week with sunshine and warmth! So glad that Spring always comes!


    1. Debby Hudson

      One of the things that’s been fun about this photography class is using things I’ve had forever and quit “seeing” them. Lots of life lessons here. Enjoy the sunny warmth, Sarah!


  5. Linda Stoll

    your photos are inspiring, restful, reflective, beautiful.

    stunning work, Debby!!


    1. Debby Hudson

      Thanks Linda. The photos of the extended family kids always share their smiles right to my face 🙂


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