“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I am the light of the world.” Jesus of Nazareth
“Nothing can nourish the Soul but light.” Muslim proverb
“Let a person be a light to himself and learn wisdom.” Buddha
“The lights of the Hanukkah menorah are reminders of the light that shines brightly within each of us. It says in Proverbs 20:27-The candle of God is the soul of man.” Libi Astaire
“One who kindles the light of awareness within gets true light. The sacred flame of your inner shrine is constantly bright.” Ancient Hindu Scripture
On December 21st, many celebrated the winter solstice, the day that marks the longest night of the year but also signals the beginning of the lengthening of daylight. For thousands of years, cultures across the world have celebrated this day.
Light is a common theme in many religions as well. Lighting candles has become a sacred ritual woven into many spiritual traditions:
- Lighting of the menorah in Judaism.
- Lighting of the advent wreath in Christianity.
- The Kinara of seven candles as part of Kwanza.
- The Hindu celebration of light called Divali.
We invite you to remember the power of the symbol of light – to kindle the Divine Light that dwells inside your Soul in order for that light to shine forth in joy, compassion, and love. Let us remember to allow our lights to illuminate the oneness of us all and to bring true peace to this world. We are the light of the world. Through a kind smile, a loving act, a wise word, we are here TO BE LOVE AND LIGHT! Let us go forth and shine!
In love and light, Marian and Garrett