A light from within
“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” — Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
I love stained glass, from tiny sun-catchers hanging in kitchen windows, to magnificent soaring panels in cathedrals. Whenever I see these works of art I have the impulse to capture their colors in photos. If time allows, I like to study the intricate details and imagine the stories they tell. But even the briefest glance is stunning when the light is shining through.
Kübler-Ross makes an interesting analogy to the inner beauty that doesn’t become evident until revealed by extraordinary circumstances. Almost anyone can be fun, appealing and attractive when all is sunny and bright. But when things go wrong, there are some people who continue to shine despite the gloom.
Such people are champions of fighting despair, refusing to let outside darkness extinguish the hope and joy they carry inside. When we feel overwhelmed by sadness or defeated by adversity, we need the radiant examples of those who stand with us in times of trial, reminding us that even in the darkness, the light of faith, hope and love cannot be overpowered.
I hope you have many such people in your life, and I trust that you can and will be a source of light for others.