The Season of Light

This is the first weekend in the season of Epiphany, the season of the church that we focus on the ways that the love and light of God through Jesus is “made known.” Along those lines, I came across this poem written by Jan Richardson, whose words are inspiring and a testimony to the reality that the light of Christ shines in and through us, and when we shine that light, “The darkness cannot overcome it” (John 1:5).

Blessed are those who bear the light
by Jan Richardson (

Blessed are you
who bear the light
in unbearable times,
who testify
to its endurance
amid the unendurable,
who bear witness
to its persistence
when everything seems
in shadow
and grief.

Blessed are you
in whom
the light lives,
in whom
the brightness blazes—
your heart
a chapel,
an altar where
in the deepest night
can be seen
the fire that
shines forth in you
in unaccountable faith,
in stubborn hope,
in love that illumines
every broken thing
it finds.

© Jan Richardson from Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons.