“We are fragile creatures, and it is from this weakness, not despite it, that we discover the possibility of true joy,” according to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, opening the first chapter of his book with the Dalai Lama, The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World. Simply imagining Bishop Tutu saying this makes me smile. His words have that effect.
As the birth of the Light of Christ draws ever closer, we celebrate the power of words to bear Light. This Sunday we look forward to the Light of the children’s voices in the pageant, the Light of the prophet, preparing a way for Christ, the Light shared as we gather afterwards for celebration. You’re also invited to gather at Luther Place on Thursday night as we look for Light on the darkest night of the year, in the vigil remembering those who have died this past year as a result of being homeless.
May you know the power of Light, even among us fragile creatures, so that you might also feel joy, and feeling joy, become yet another person like the archbishop, whose words bear Light to all.
Grace, peace and joy,