Reflecting light

I wasn’t going to post anything this morning but as I was sitting for some quiet time I happened to glance out the window and I saw the beautiful white light of the moon shining through the bare branches of late November.  As I focused on its light, I realized that it is not the moon’s light at all.  I had to remind myself that the moon does not generate its own light.  The light that we see is a reflection of the sun’s light shining on the moon.  But the moon reflects it so beautifully that one thinks that it is indeed the moon’s own light.

What do we reflect, or do we even reflect anything at all?  The moon has to be empty of itself, so to speak, in order to receive the light from the sun.  It does have to have substance or the light would pass right through, but it’s purpose is not to create light but to receive and reflect the light from a greater and more brilliant source. 

Do we reflect the loving light and the healing warmth from our Source?  Do we reflect it brightly enough so that it shines on others and lights their paths?  Are we the light for someone when their ‘sun’ isn’t shining? 

The light of the moon…the light of our souls….may it continue to shine in this sometimes darkened world.  And may we always remember who the Source of this constant streaming light truly is and may we humble ourselves so that we can receive it with gratitude and reflect it in pure joy.

24 thoughts on “Reflecting light

  1. Andie, I am a moon person, so this was right up my alley. I was gazing at the moon on the way to work today and she was beautifully cloaked in clouds, I always think of God’s glory when I see the moon….beautiful post!

  2. Celestial light is so evocative. I’m usually drawn to the stars and their twinkling light, especially over the summer sea. The view and thought of it is just so vast, and yet we feel that light individually, somehow, in those quiet moments.

    Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving, Andie, with much peace and happiness.

  3. Love the peacefulness of this reflection on the moon. When I think of the moon lately, I think of the Blessed Mother who is the perfect reflection of the Divine Light of the World. If only I could be more like her!

  4. Thank you Barb, I’m happy that the reflection brought you peace. Yes, our Blessed Mother is quite the perfect model. I wish I could be more like her as well.

  5. “I see the moon,
    The moon sees me.
    God bless the moon,
    and God bless me!”
    –an old nursery rhyme

    A wonderful little “reflection” (pun intended) on the importance of letting our “light shine before men”.


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