Dear Friends,

By the time you read this we will have put the clocks back and darkness will be present to us every tea-time. Just a few weeks of this and we are longing for light - the long, bright, warm summer days seeming a distant memory.

 

Some will soon succumb to SAD – seasonal affective disorder, a gloomy disposition brought on by lack of sunlight. Others will feel the doom of another year ending, or possibly the cost of another Christmas on the way!!

 

What brings you light and joy in all this? Some will be glad to close the curtains and light the fire, snuggle up safe indoors!

For Christians, we are remembering the season of the saints, the possibility of eternal light – we remember our family and friends who have gone before, and our hope that they live now in eternity. Hollowed out pumpkins will shine with light – we laugh at the forces of darkness at Hallowe’en, and remind them (and ourselves) that the force of light will have the last word.

In St Matthew’s gospel we read the words of Jesus: “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before people, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16) Whatever your darkness is – there is always the hope of bringing light, the light of Christ we welcome. As the ancient, wise saying has it:

 

            It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness

 

Wishing you the blessing of light in your darkness– Angela

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