The triumph of light
Last week was the festival of St. Lucia.
Throughout Sweden, choirs of girls and boys dressed in white and bearing candles sing lovely songs about hope and comfort. And for a few moments, we stop and listen to the message they bring.
They sing about bringing light and hope to the darkness of winter;
About warmth and compassion in the heart of coldness.
Lucia is a time of lighting candles and remembering that we are like those candles –
A small thing, but one that can light the flame of another.
And as we give light to another, our own light increases –
Spreading the beauty, no matter how insignificant we are.
It’s about remembering that after the dark, the sun returns –
Just like we do.
(Oh – and it’s also about drinking spiced mulled wine and enjoying saffron buns!)
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