At the time of this writing, we have been without power for more than 36 hours. No heat, no lights, and no modern conveniences such as stoves, refrigerators, microwaves, televisions or phones. It is a definite inconvenience, to say the least. I try to squelch the voice in the back of my mind that tells me that it is 43 degrees in our house or that keeps reminding me that Christmas company arrives in 8 days. When all is said and done, however, the list of things to do flies out the window and you are left with nothing but time to spend with family and friends.
In that respect, it was a great day yesterday. A drive through our town witnessing the destruction that ice can bring and I know countless people might argue with me. But in the bigger scheme of things, inconveniences such as these, cause people to come together. All schools were cancelled so I took my daughters to lunch. We were thankful to be together, to have the means for a meal out and the opportunity to laugh together. It makes all the rest more manageable. We spent time at my mom’s cozy warm home and had dinner together. We saw neighbors helping neighbors remove fallen tree branches from their yards and to staff the local emergency shelter. Families found shelter with other family members who do have power and therefore, heat. As I was headed over to my mom’s house last night, I saw our neighbors coming out of their home with pillows. I’m guessing they were headed to her parents’ home too.
In the absence of electricity, we still have power and light. We have the power of love from family and friends. We have the power of laughter and good attitudes in the midst of adversity. I am amazed by the amount of light a simple candle or flashlight can cast in a dark home. Then I see a simple smile or warm welcome and realize they can light up a life! True light seizes the darkness and makes all things new.
True light is the light of love. As we find ourselves without electricity, it makes us more mindful of the true light in our lives. So, maybe, instead of being in the midst of Christmas shopping, wrapping and preparations like I think I should be, my heart is right where it should be as we gather together to share power and light- both literally and figuratively. I encourage you to let your light shine today, no matter where you are or what you’re doing!
Shining this little light of mine,