It is a few days before the September equinox, and the light seems to be shifting as it does this time of year. I’m drinking coffee, when my daughter comes running into the kitchen to grab my hand, and pulls me across the house so I can bear witness to this thick beam of dandelion light radiating all the way from the front window to the back wall. She reaches out her hand to hold some of it and suggests I do the same. I do.
And while I feel this light, I wonder what really is this substance and how much we underestimate the power it has. Emmy scampers around the corner and up the stairs. I walk onto the front porch to experience the light directly.
Later, as I pack up to ride my blue bike to work, she runs into the driveway to deliver this picture:
It’s interesting timing, because this evening at sundown, Yom Kippur begins for Jewish people, including Messianic (Christian) Jews: the day of light, the Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the year. It is about asking for forgiveness – both giving and receiving it.
Today, take time to reflect on two simple questions:
1) What do I need to forgive myself for?
2) Who do I need to forgive?
My prayer is that we all experience light and forgiveness in the season of great release.