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The liturgical year is filled with seasons of light. We move through the seasons and bring our weary light-deprived souls with us, as if there is no light, as if it only shines at Christmas, on the righteous, the lucky, or the blessed. But light is a part of life and we are all blessed with it. It surrounds us and breathes over us and through us. It blinds us and invades us. Light finds a way, when there is no way. Light is a lamp in the darkness and a beacon through the storms that life bombards us with on the journey.
The Sunday of Candlemas marks the end of the Christmas season, but it does not mark the end of light coming into the world; rather it reminds us that the joy of Christ’s birth is only the beginning of the gift we have been given, are given, and will be given.
Rebeka Maples is Director of Spiritual Formation for local pastors in Course of Study at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. She retired from parish ministry after serving Methodist churches in England and the U.S., but continues working with clergy and spiritual directors in various ecumenical contexts. Her inspiration comes from nature and the arts, with an eye for the holy wherever it may appear. She is a member of Spiritual Directors International and an associate member of the Iona Community.
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