Light

This morning it was snowing and I was very confused.  Since I’m such a seasonal person, I went to Starbucks and naturally started listening to “winter” music.  In the winter I usually listen to music that is kind of emotional, cozy, and reflective.  Given my mood, I decided to listen to Sleeping At Last.  The song I’m listening to is called Sun.  It’s kind of ironic that I consider it winter music since it’s about the sun!  As it turns out, it’s actually really fitting since it is spring right now and Spokane has been really beautiful recently!  Here are some of the lyrics:

With golden string
our universe was clothed in light.
Pulling at the seams,
our once barren world now brims with life,
that we may fall in love
every time we open up our eyes.
I guess space, and time,
takes violent things, angry things
and makes them kind.

From a scientific perspective, I absolutely love light.  I love that its wavelengths transcend the visible spectrum, I really love that it behaves as a wave and a particle, and I really really love the fact that it provides energy, warmth, and life!  In short, I think it is probably the most tangible representation of my spirituality.

From more of an emotional perspective, I love that it makes vibrant colors in nature, and I love that it fills me with joy!  Even if someone didn’t know anything about Jesus, they could still understand the hopeful and captivating experience of darkness turning into light as the sun rises in the morning.  I really love that Jesus didn’t force people to believe in him.  Instead he said, ‘you know that feeling of light overcoming darkness? … that is literally me because I am the light of the world’.  Maybe those weren’t his exact words … but I think that’s the gist of it.

Back to the song lyrics, I think that Sleeping at Last did an incredible job capturing the relationship between the scientific and spiritual phenomenon of light.  My favorite lyric is that “we may fall in love every time we open up our eyes”.  Though the universe is clothed in light, it means nothing if we don’t open up our eyes.

Life and Matt

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