“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
There was a point during a brief trip to my hometown over the holidays that I stood outside a skating rink with our daughters. Had it not been for a career twist or two, they likely would have been among the teens swishing and swirling across the ice.
My city would have become their city. But, that is not how our story unfolded. They skate — in a city that is their own.
And, that is OK.
That moment of deep peace with where we are — spiritually, locationally and in every other way somehow meshed with our first look at the Chicago “bean.” This simple-yet-divine sculpture, technically named Cloud Gate, was not there the last time I visited the city.
I love it. Depending on where one is standing, it can disappear or turn reflections into a kaleidoscope or morph a group of strangers into something more than, well, strangers.
The swirl of experiences and images made me think worthy thoughts. About God. About others. About myself.
Wherever I am, whomever I am with, I hope that I can become so reflective of God’s light and love that whatever is not worthy in me disappears.