The Season of Hope

Pagan? Oh, yeah. I admit to the primal in my soul. A day or so ago was the winter solstice. Where we are, the sun was going down at 4:30. I admit I have said a few silent prayers for the return of the light. Where there is light there is hope.  Where there is light there is life. I understand the bonfires of our ancestors.

Hanukkah is soon. For those not of the Jewish persuasion, Hanukkah is a celebration of the retaking of the Temple and a miracle. Lamp oil enough for only a short time lasted for eight days. Where there is light, there is hope. Where there is light, there is life.

Christmas is Sunday. Christians believe God gave us his Son to be our salvation. Jesus brought light to the world. Where there is light, there is hope. Where there is light, there is life.

My point? This is the season of hope. The light is returning to our world and there is hope.

Miserable as losing sight is, we are not without hope. While my initial purpose was venting (a whole lot of venting!) and self-care, it appears our purpose has evolved. Lin and I now appear to be in the education and hope business.

We both believe the light will return. We believe those who share with us in these pages and in the Facebook group believe that, too.

In this season of hope, I would like to thank you for your interest. I want to thank you for your support. I want to thank you for your kind words. A little project intended to help me grieve has become – dare I say? – a bit of a force for good. This happened because you joined us.

Of course, none of this could have happened without Lin. I brought the lemons. She brought everything else to turn my lemons into lemonade. Thank you, dear friend. [Lin here: of course, there is no thanks necessary.  At a time when I felt helpless, you gave me a way to help.]

And now? Those of you in the northern hemisphere, watch as the light increase from day-to-day and remember we are getting closer to a cure.

Where there is light, there is hope.

Candle with words Let the light of hope shine into your dark places - Sue & Lin

Written 12/23/2016

Next: Reflections on 2016

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