Longing for the light

Every year at about this time you’ll see this sight on the sidewalks outside Longshan Temple…

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Thousands of stools prepared for the crush of people who want to light a lantern in the temple, in hopes that it will bring blessing for their particular needs.  Each has a number and is secured with rope so that no one can cut in line.  People stake out their seats weeks in advance, rain or shine, to improve their chances of getting a lantern.  Some rig protection against the elements over their seats for the time they spend waiting to claim their spot. IMG_0421

Such longing for hope, at a time when followers of Jesus remember and celebrate the coming of the Light of the world.

I’m longing for the word to get out and hope to break loose…

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