The burden of light means we are called to show God to a world that often openly rejects Him. Being a light requires action that is driven by the light of Faith, and to use words only when absolutely necessary.
We had a tough year. Your tough doesn’t compare to my tough, nor should it. Things will always be more difficult for us when we are looking at our tough times and they will always seem lesser when we hold them up to the tough times of others.
But your time and my time is unique to our individual journeys, and that’s the only thing we can compare them to. Comparison will always end badly.
We’ve each gone through things we couldn’t have expected or planned to encounter.
The burden of light falls on in these darkest moments. Not only does the Light help us to see our next step, but the Light also becomes a beacon to all those who dare to see.
Part of our recent tough times required multiple relocations in a short period of time. Each new place pushed us to learn new ways. Each move required adjustments to new normals. Each shift opened new connections and openings for new relationships.
The more I adjusted, the more daring I became in my openness. I walked around the community. I talked to the animals I encountered. I took pictures. I sang, sometimes even conducting the song.
After all, it was just me, on a walk, in the quiet morning.
I eventually met several neighbors that reminded me how even when I feel like I’m doing my thing just for me, others may be watching. “I see you walking every morning,” one of the neighbors mentioned.
Another neighbor went even farther. “I admit I wasn’t sure about you,” he told me. “I visited your website and what you wrote seemed too happy. But seeing you and talking to you, I can tell it comes from something deeper.”
My neighbor saw my joy in my walks, in my actions, and even my words. They saw me even when I thought I was alone.
The world is watching, especially when we don’t think we are being watched and aren’t paying attention. The life we live will be God’s reflection in the world and His message to the world.
What are you saying in your doing? The message you deliver is the burden of Light that we are called to share.