light: how holy light lifts, heals and strengthens us

light - how holy light lifts, heals and strengthens us (C) joylenton @poetryjoy.com

“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” — St Francis of Assisi

Light is here

One incandescent, invisible light
threads through our days like silver,
like a mercurial, rolling ribbon of life;

though matted by drifting cloud,
it has frequent glints of gold,
russet, rose, tangerine and indigo.

If you look up
you might find glimpses
of heaven itself, a pure light

altering with the hours
but never faltering
to shine on us.

When we experience the greyness
of mist and fog enveloping us
like a shroud, we can stay hopeful

that the sun still sits behind it all,
and will be revealed in glory again
when the mists have cleared.

And as you examine your days
you will be able to trace
the way light has arrived

in your life, in small slivers,
perhaps, in tiny amounts
but at just the right time.

Your darkness and weakness
can lift if you direct
your gaze toward the light

that surrounds you inside
and out with whispers
of holy grace and love.

Because our joy
doesn’t depend on things
or on our circumstances

but on knowing deep within
that we are seen, we are loved,
we matter to someone else.
© joylenton

“Grace comes into the soul, as the morning sun into the world; first a dawning; then a light; and at last the sun in his full and excellent brightness.” —Thomas Adams

light - sun - meadow - flowers - light is here poem excerpt (C) joylenton @poetryjoy.com

7 thoughts on “light: how holy light lifts, heals and strengthens us

  1. Dear Joy,
    I love these words, especially this:
    “And as you examine your days
    you will be able to trace
    the way light has arrived

    in your life, in small slivers,
    perhaps, in tiny amounts
    but at just the right time.”

    Oh, yes, at just the right time, He has brought His light to me. I pray that I will remember this during the dark days. His light is still shining, and it will come through again. And I also love that quote by St. Francis during this world’s current chaos. Our Lord is still shining the light for us. Blessings, hugs, and love to you dear sister. I pray that He is shining beautiful autumn light for you now, across the pond!

    • Dear Bettie, when darkness encroaches within or without, it’s not always easy to remember how God’s light still continually surrounds us. I need this reminder as well. Waiting can be hard for our souls, yet God trains our eyes to trace those tiny slivers of His glorious light edging the dense, heavy clouds and breaking through the darkness. May you and I be enabled to see it more and more, and to trust it is there during times when it feels invisible. I hope and pray you are also bathed in “shining beautiful autumn light” right where you are, even in your own backyard. Blessings, love and hugs to you, too, dear friend! 💜

  2. Joy, this is so beautiful! There is light in our days even when it’s cloudy or dark. There are always some glimmers of light somewhere that bring us hope. I love your poem and these lines are so encouraging:

    “Because our joy
    doesn’t depend on things
    or on our circumstances

    but on knowing deep within
    that we are seen, we are loved,
    we matter to someone else.”

    Amen! We are beloved of God and we can have joy even when circumstances try to take it away.
    Blessings, love and hugs to you, dear sister! xoxo

    • Gayl, oh how we need to keep looking for those shining slivers of light when all feels oppressive and dark! Those small glimmers are enough to calm our souls, encourage our hearts, and remind us we are cared for and loved. Thank you so much for your generous response to this poem! I’m so pleased it blessed you. I pray we will be enabled more and more to rest in our belovedness state before God. Blessings, love and hugs to you, too, dear sister and precious friend! xoxo 💜

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