Invincible Light

Written by Judi

December 23, 2022

Here in the Norfolk countryside over Christmas, miles from the nearest shop or street lamp, a few seasonal lights along the lane are defying the dark nights. A neighbour has opted for the full Hallelujah Chorus of brilliance. He’s festooned his house, trees and shed with vivid fairy lights framing an illuminated Santa.

Half a mile in the other direction, a huge, single star shines out in the sky above us. Seen close to, you find it’s attached to the tower of the village church like a star at the top of a Christmas tree. But from far across the fields on a winter’s night it appears to be floating way up high alongside the moon.

Light shining in pitch darkness is the essence of Christmas. Take away the ugly excesses and pressures of the festive season, and we’re left with simple images of hope and rebirth in the depths of the cold and gloom. Nights will be shorter soon. Life will return.

French philosopher Albert Camus puts it well. “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better – pushing right back.”

Wishing all friends in dark and desperate situations some sense of light and peace in the coming year.

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