Add light to any situation, and it changes dramatically.
I have often thought the Shard in London looks like a mystical tower. Here in this view it certainly lives up to this image! Highlight one element of a picture and immediately it starts communicating its message – as you will see from these pictures of places I find inspiring: whether that be the view over the London skyline from Parliament Hill, Hampstead; Coventry Cathedral; or the reflective glass building at 250 Euston Street, London.
According to the gospel of John, Jesus Christ described himself as the “light of the world”. John picks up on this image of light many times – “the true light that was the light to every person coming into the world.” Here in Coventry Cathedral I didn’t realise how the the Graham Sutherland tapestry of Christ was illuminated, until I looked at my photo later:
I don’t like to see “darkness” necessarily equated with evil, or given any moral character at all, but when we see the pitiless acts of cruelty and hatred which have filled our news over the last weeks, months and years since so many bright (and perhaps false) hopes were raised at the millennium, we seem to crave words to convey our response, and we fall back on words like “black” and “darkness”. These words have acquired a spiritual resonance.
In the last few days I have been seeing just a few examples of the power of light to transform, and to convey a message.
Let’s hope that we can ourselves be creative…
…in how we shine light into the world, in however small a way, in our own situations.
2 thoughts on “The Power of Light to Uplift the Spirit and Transform a Dark World”
Reminds me of some photos I’ve taken where light makes all the difference. In particular, one taken in St Peter’s, Rome, with a shaft of light coming through a window onto the altar canopy. I used it on Christmas card with the caption ‘the people walking in darkness have seen a great light’ (there were people in the foreground in shadow which I hadn’t noticed when I took the photo.) Must remember to post it on my blog. Thanks for reminding me.
Thank you for your comment, Sandra. Your picture sounds lovely, and the bible text so appropriate.