“Yours is the light by which my spirit’s born: – you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars.”
This week in the U.S. we are celebrating Thanksgiving. Coincidentally, we are at the same time celebrating Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. How appropriate then, that Ben has challenged us to share some of light’s sources.
When I consider the subject, there are four things that come immediately to my mind. First, as seen above, the stars. The very evidence of the birth of our universe. Second, the greatest of all light sources, the sun:
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
Third, the moon – which determines the tides that impact all life, and in fact may have influenced the very beginning of human life.*
“Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.”
And finally, fire – the first light ever created by man, which serves us in so many ways.
“How far the little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”
These candles are from my visit to a Buddhist temple, where they memorialized loved ones who are no longer of this world. Let them also serve as a reminder to give thanks – for nature’s gifts of light, for loved ones here with us, and finally for loved ones here in spirit only. Let them be always in our hearts even if they no longer sit at our table.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
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* Source, Scientific American, http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=moon-life-tides