"Joy is a candle of mystery and laughter, mystery of light that is born in the dark..." (from Hope is a candle by Richard Leach, #15 in Sing the Story)
It's the third Sunday of Advent, and my moments of light today are snippets here and there --
-- the light shining on Karen's head as she sang the solo during communion
--light from the stained glass windows dancing colorfully above Wilma's head as she played the guitar
-- Carmen's and my shared laughter as she stumbled over this line in her blessing for me: "May your mouth be filled with laughter ... (from Psalm 126)
--candles, fire, and laughter at Faith House
--a just past full moon seen through the branches of the neighbor's trees
-- lights on the Christmas tree we put up yesterday
-- the wonderful illustrations in Julia Vivas' book, The Nativity, especially the angel, with his colorful, tattered wings and his army boots
". . .laughter at hearing the voice of an angel, ever so near, casting out fear." (from Hope is a candle)
"Instructions for living a life:
Tell about it."
Mary Oliver in "Sometimes"
I've taken on a prayer practice of looking for the moments of light in each day, whether actual or metaphorical, and then writing or posting photos of what I find.