The following post put a different spin on the idea of shining with the light of God;
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I always enjoy the Poetry Chaikhana blog, and especially so yesterday's poem by Izumi Shikibu:
Watching the Moon
I knew myself completely, no part left out.
Do read it there, and Ivan Granger's commentary. He says that, like the Moon, our individual consciousness only gives light if it reflects... And here I would say: if it reflects the Light of God, the 'love that moves the Sun and the other stars.' 'Look to him and be radiant', says the Psalmist in what has long been a 'touchstone' verse for me. I give thanks for the ways in which that reflected light shines on me through pastors, preachers, dear 'soul friends' and (God forgive me!) the most unexpected of people. And all the graces I pray for can be summed up as the grace to grow to fullness, like the Moon, so that I can reflect more.