“And still, after all this time
the sun never says to the earth,
‘You owe me.’
Look what happened with a love like that.
It lights up the whole sky.”
 — Hafiz
I have recently been fascinated by the poetry of a 14th century Persian poet named Hafiz. His poems are short, sweet and always make me think. They are powerful.
He expresses in his poetry love for the divine, and in this one I felt a gravitational pull toward the oneness of union with the divine.
One of my granddaughters and I recently visited Chicago. She knew nothing about Chicago so I was able to witness the wonder she experienced in this first trip.
One of the museums we visited was the Adler Planetarium. We went to the presentation at the Cosmic Wonder Theater, which is set up to primarily help uncover the secrets of the night sky. However, as we traveled through the Solar System and explored the planets, we also explored the surface of our sun.
As I reflected on the poet Hafiz, I thought about the Sun and the Son. The sun lights up an entire Solar System and keeps it in balance. Its beams radiate to earth and enables day and night.
The Son and his love for us lights up our lives and, if we let him, he keeps us in balance. When we allow the Son into our lives, he radiates through us to minister to others and release his love.
I cannot help but interchange a few of Hafiz’s words:
“And still, after all this time
the Son never says to us,
‘You owe me.’
Look what happened with a love like that.
It lights up the whole world.”
It is so amazing that God created for us the Sun and then gave us his Son. He only asks that we love. Can you imagine our world without the Sun? How much harder is it to imagine it without the Son? And all that is asked of us to is to love.

~ The Rev. Dcn. Marsha Holmes