Shining near and far.
Shining like the moon,
shining like the sun,
shining like a silver star.
Our preparations for Martinmas began last week. There was lantern making, learning new songs, preparing our spice cake and talks about our own inner light and how we can share it with others through acts of kindness and love.
There is so much I love about this festival and this year being able to share it with some other families was wonderful. We gathered at our home on Sunday afternoon for a little lantern walk in the backyard, singing songs as we walked. We moved inside to enjoy hot apple cider in front of the fire and I shared a story about our inner light with our guests. Then as the children played I worked in the kitchen putting the final touches on dinner. We sat down at our little table, all 11 of us, shared a blessing and a meal together. I could feel my inner light growing brighter by the minute as I looked around the table, a truly beautiful moment.
Yesterday, in the spirit of St. Martin, we took Reece to the grocery store to shop for food for those in need. A gesture I am not totally sure he understands, but one that will come to have meaning as the years pass. Together the three of us dropped off our donation here before heading home.
This festival speaks to me on so many levels and my hope is one day Reece truly understands how beautiful his inner light is and that he will let it shine bright on those who need it most.