Airse, shine! — Barbara Wilkins-Crowder, USA

Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. –Isaiah 60:1

Originally written as an Advent reflection, this may be used in either Hemisphere as a Winter reflection.

Life moves unrelentingly on.
We tackle projects.
We make connections and friendships.
We earn our bread and sometimes break it together.
We take on more weight, responsibility, freedom and pressure than we need.
We lose track of old friends and sometimes, we even lose our way.
But.
But.
This time of year invites us to remember the light and the twinkle and the darkness and the humble fragility and beauty of human birth.
This time of year reminds us of the miracle that happens when truth and light and love travel millions of miles through time and space to reach us again.

Darkness makes lights and stars twinkle.

This season remember what makes you shine.
And, then shine or twinkle, or dance like a little star, or stare like a bewildered shepherd, or sing like a happy angel.

Arise, shine! For your light has come.

May the tasks and lists and projects of this season not stand between us and the light. Help us all to shine O God.

Barbara Wilkins-Crowder is a member of Cairn Christian Church, Lafayette, Colorado, USA.