Where the Light Begins: For Christmas Day

Dec 25, 2019

Perhaps it does not begin.
Perhaps it is always.
Perhaps it takes a lifetime
to open our eyes,
to learn to see
what has forever
shimmered in front of us —
the luminous line
of the map
in the dark,
the vigil flame
in the house
of the heart,
the love so searing
we cannot keep
from singing,
from crying out
in testimony
and praise.
Perhaps this day
will be the mountain
over which
the dawn breaks.
Perhaps we
will turn our face
toward it,
toward what has been

our eyes
will finally open
in ancient recognition,
willingly dazzled,
illuminated at last.

Perhaps this day
the light begins
in us.

~ From Jan Richardson’s “Circle of Grace”, 2015

For reflection in solitude or in the company of others: Where is the light of Christ shining for you this season? What “ancient recognitions” are dazzling you right now?