The time is here. Dark December days, darker nights, brightened by the lights of the holidays. Candles on the menorah, lit each evening of Hanukah. And Christmas lights, twinkling in the village trees, on doorways and bushes, along rooftops dressed as icicles. Christmas trees are aglow in yards and in living rooms, visible through windows, shining out into the night.
It’s about more than lights, of course. The season comes calling each year, asking for hearts to be open, charity to be given, judgment to be held off, simple human kindness to be shared.