Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, begins tomorrow. Symbolizing the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance,’ many in northern India, celebrate Diwali by lighting rows of clay lamps.

Light – such an important symbol for many people, cultures, religions.

To those who put a light in their window each night throughout the ancient tradition of Winter Solstice … to those who light the lamps on Diwali … to those who light the Menorah candles on each of the eight days of Hanukkah … to those who begin their seven nights of Kwanzaa by the lighting of the Kinara … to those who light the candles on each of the four weeks of the Season of Advent … to those who place lights in wreaths and trees throughout the Season of Christmas … may you experience joy, hope and peace.

May the light shine
… from within each of us
… through each of us
… beyond each of us.

When we watch the news and become disenchanted, distressed, concerned or fearful
… by the growing spread of the pandemic
… by the expanding negativity, hatred, fear
it would be good to remember that
“what unites us is greater than what separates us.” <President John F. Kennedy>


© June Maffin