Thought for the day, Monday 13th December

“The shortening of the daily cycle gives rise to festivals of light around the world. Today is Saint Lucia’s Day, a traditional Swedish festival that combines pagan heritage with Christian legend. Lucia herself has little to do with light and winter; she was a Christian martyr beheaded in the days when Christians faced horrific persecutions [by the Romans]. But because her name is Latin for light, the Vikings who converted to Christianity infused their solstice service with the personage of this beloved saint.
The Scandinavian image of a young woman in a white robe and a wreath of burning candles is a compelling image. It is a day to let everyone’s light shine – and perhaps to wonder how we can bring light and sustenance into each other’s lives more often.”
From Earth Bound: Daily Meditations for All Seasons by Brian Nelson

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