We invite you to peek inside our weekly Light for the Way devotional series provided for staff.
By Chaplain David Rothstein, Optage Hospice
We are heading into the darkest time of the year, at least in the northern hemisphere. Our spiritual and secular traditions compensate for this, it seems, by lighting things up. Buddhists celebrate Bodhi Day on December 8, lighting candles to commemorate the Buddha’s enlightenment. Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah, lighting a menorah over an eight-day period. Many Christians celebrate the coming of Christ by lighting an Advent wreath. And, of course, Christmas trees and festive lights brighten homes to celebrate a season of giving, love and gathering.
These lights in the darkness remind us of who we are at our best, and what we can become — filled with light. But it’s not always as easy as hanging a string of lights, especially when life feels dark, lonely, oppressive or unjust. To be filled with light requires a conscious choice, and a collective effort. Sometimes we need others to help kindle the light that is within us.
Every act of kindness, generosity, patience — a loving word, a supportive touch, a simple smile — these are so important every day. These acts may feel small in themselves, but they are bright lights on a string, candles in a row, enlightening a dark space and guiding us on.
As a Christian ministry, we believe that Jesus is alive and is reborn in his followers continually when they choose to seek his light of wisdom and love, and to foster that light through loving care, prayer, speaking or acting for justice and witnessing to God’s transforming presence.
With each act of love, we create a string of bright lights. Light to encourage and cheer others. Light that connects us to our Divine source.
The Light for the Way series provides staff with an examination of a biblical reading to deepen our focus on scripture. Thank you for engaging with this series as we seek wisdom through prayer and reflection as a Christian Ministry.
Find more in the Light for the Way series:
Courage to do what's right
Don't provoke anger - provoke love!
Get to know us: a Christian ministry
Introducing Light for the Way, a new devotional series
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