The imagery of light is a beautiful thing. The concept of God shining within, as a Light to guide our lives, speaks to me. I am currently reading the book I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, one of the recipients of this year's Nobel Peace Prize. In one part, she was describing how her father struggled to keep his school open because of the imam, who did not believe in educating girls. Her grandfather made the comment to her father that he needed to continue in his quest to “be a star in the sky of knowledge.”
As I thought about that image, its beauty really struck me. That lovely, small star, surrounded by darkness, is a thing of beauty, displacing the darkness. If we consider every kind action or word as a pinpoint of light, like that star, dispelling the darkness of the world, then we don't have to be so worried that the darkness will prevail. Imagine a clear night with a star-filled sky. Then think about how beautiful the world can be if everyone lets the Light of God shine through their actions and words.
Our Meeting has been reading John Woolman's Journal, and he is one of my new heroes. He saw darkness in the slavery of the times, but spoke about it to Quaker slave owners in such a way that his personal conviction rather than harsh words caused them to think. He traveled to England, and saw the misery of the poor, and tried to dispel that darkness, setting an example to the affluent by experiencing some of the misery of the poor and speaking about it.
So, as I go through the days ahead, I will remember the image of the star, and try to speak kindly, help those I am able, and be aware of how my life can shine God's light into the world. Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is at hand.” It's up to us to show it to the world. We are His stars, shining His Light.
One of my yoga teachers used to close every class with the statement, “The light within me worships and bows down to the light within you.” I would like to express gratitude to everyone who has shown that Light to me or to the world.