Tag Archives: light

Christmas Lights

I’ve always loved and celebrated Christmas, even as a pantheist for the last fifteen years.  For me, it’s mostly about the lights and all they represent. I think even as a little girl, the beautiful Christmas lights were my favorite thing, long before I even knew about Winter Solstice.  I love the twinkling lights that adorn trees and buildings and rooftops, white like stars or multicolored that remind me of my childhood, the flickering candlelight accompanied by scents like Christmas cookie and orange/cranberry, the glow of a fire, and the dark winter skies filled with a million stars.  Light may guide me and warm me physically, but it also warms my heart, makes me feel hopeful, connected to the universe and nature, to all of life itself, trees and stars, my own memories and the ancients telling their stories, the changing of the seasons and the return of the sun to longer days, the time in winter to nest in my cozy home by a fire and a light-filled tree, knowing that one day spring will come again and sleeping life will awaken.  This season is a feast for all the senses, a time of hope and love, sharing and giving, family and friends, even reaching out to strangers, and maybe some of THAT light, too, that is told in the Christmas story and is born within our hearts, a story of birth and hope and love, will spread beyond us and our families and neighborhoods, spilling into next year and past geographical boundaries, and the world will be a kinder place. So I will celebrate Christmas and Winter Solstice with my family, even as the whole world celebrates as well, with love and music and food and gifts, in ways that have meaning for who I am today and the little girl I was a long time ago.   Now I also have two little granddaughters to see through their eyes the “magic” that is Christmas as a child. But for me, it’s still mostly about the light(s).

~Sharon

Copyright (c) 2016 by Raindrop Ridge Press

Chalica Day Seven

I’m sure some people are glad this is the seventh and last time I light these candles, this time in honor of “respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” We need each other, our families, pets, and neighbors. But these bodies of ours also need the wind and stars, honeybees and rain showers, earthworms and sunlight, darkness and clean water, and who can forget trees? And what we do, choices we make, can affect so many more people, animals, plants, and far beyond than we even realize at the time. I want to make better choices, not just for human lives, but for all lives, and for the life of our planet. We are all expressing as God…..the differences between us are really superficial.  At our core, we are all connected, to each other, to God, and not really separate at all.  We’re in this together, and the more we remember and practice that, the more at peace we’ll be.  It’s fitting that this is where my seven days of Chalica candle lightings end. May the light of this season be with you.

~Sharon

chalica7

Copyright (c) 2014 by Raindrop Ridge Press