Sunday, October 6, 2013

make some light

Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. Tell Gregory a story. Make some light.
{The Tale of Despereaux}
Despereaux Tilling was a mouse born with a small body and unusually large ears.  He loved books, music, and light.  He wasn't like the other mice...he was something more.  But sometimes being different can leave you misunderstood.  
Despereaux's life of light was a hard fought battle in a world of dark.  

This month is about creating light and life with our stories.

Do you know how much darkness there is in the world?  Sometimes I am so blinded by the comforts and conveniences of my middle class North American lifestyle that my eyes lose their focus on the poor, the powerless, the wounded, the hungry, the oppressed, the sick, the defeated...

All it would take is a trip to the slums or a conversation with a divorce attorney or maybe even just a visit with a hurting neighbor to remind us that this world is far from perfect.  
There is pain and suffering in every nation, every demographic, every corner of this spinning globe.

But more and more I find that within the stories of our lives there is always a glimmering thread of hope being knitted into each chapter.  

There is beauty and truth to be uncovered even in the messiest and darkest of tales.  

Like Despereaux, we must be brave if we want to be light.

Be brave with your story.  Make some light.

He dreamt of the stained glass windows and the dark of the dungeon.  In Despereaux's dream, the light came to life, brilliant and glorious, in the shape of a knight swinging a sword.  The knight fought the dark.

this is day 6 of...