The Light Through the Cracked Ceiling


Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack in everything

That’s how the light gets in

-Leonard Cohen, Stranger Music

On this Sixth Day of Christmas, most of us are feeling the let down after the Christmas Holiday while we look forward to New Year’s Day.  The magic has sagged.  The mood is mixed.  Nevertheless, the Christ Child is still calling out to us.  In the midst of everything that is not so perfect about us, Christ is our Light that shines in the darkness.

The wonder of contemplative prayer is that God doesn’t wait for us to be perfect.  God knows about our human limitations. When it seems that the chaos of life could not get worse; God comes and enlightens our minds and hearts with the wonder of God’s presence.  The darkness around us becomes overshadowed by the love of Christ who shows us the path to God.

We do not have to be the master of anything.  Though what we are good at is God’s gift too.  Even that which seems so imperfect to us, is something God can use to do God’s perfect will through.  All we have to do is trust God with all that we are and have.  Should our trust in God have some cracks in the pot, God still uses it to give birth to all sorts of good things around us.


Br. Anselm Philip King-Lowe, n/OSB

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