January 8, 2017

Matthew 3:13-17    

“Blessed Are You 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.