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Phototropism

As Heart Of My Heart left today, I opened the front door to behold that long lost light rising again in the sky, causing all the colors of creation to shine forth, and I began to sing "La la la la la, La la la la la, La la la la la-a-a" (from 'The Wizard of Oz').  She laughed at me, but understood my joy in seeing the light once more.  Thank the Lord the rains have ceased, the clouds have parted, and the sun again warms the earth!

I guess knew I was a Child of the Light long before I began to consider it in any theological context.  One of my favorite words is "Phototropism":
   1)   Growth or movement of a sessile organism toward or away from a source of light.
   2)   an orienting response to light  
   3)   The growth or movement of a fixed organism toward or away from light. In plants, phototropism is a response to blue wavelengths of light and is caused by a redistribution of auxin from the illuminated side to the darker side of the shoot, resulting in quicker growth on the darker side and bending of the shoot toward the source of light. Certain sessile invertebrates also exhibit phototropism.

Go to the light, Carol Ann, go to the light!

One of the best pictures I ever shot is the one accompanying this post.  I call it "The Red Gloves".  We were in Roma celebrating our 25th Anniversary.  It poured then, but no amount could rain on our parade!  We were in love, cherishing our life together, in HOMH's favorite city in the whole world, the Eternal City.  When we needed to dodge weather, we'd pull into any little place we could find for a capuccino, a few beers, or a bottle of vino.  Having no specific agenda for anything other than enjoying being with one another, it didn't matter how long we stayed in any one place.  We had finished our morning visit to the Pantheon when the skies opened up.  Again.  So we high-tailed it across the piazza, past the fountain, and found refuge in a nearby bistro.  After a few capuccinos and splitting two paninis, the huge warming orb suddenly burst forth.  I was lucky to catch this image of the first new rays of light illuminating our world.  Lovely!  

"Red Gloves"?  In the foreground, a woman stands transfixed.  Caught in the Light.  She is holding red gloves.

Light,  It changes things.  It prompts movement.  It promotes growth.  It warms, brightens, and is life-giving.  We know the Light.  We seek that Light.  Yes, I am most definitely a Child of the Light!     

"This, in essence, is the message we heard from Christ and are passing on to you: God is light, pure light; there's not a trace of darkness in him.  If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we're obviously lying through our teeth—we're not living what we claim.  But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God's Son, purges all our sin."  -  1 John 1: 5-7 (The Message).