Archive for August, 2007

Lui’s Lent

Friday, August 24th, 2007

(Written March, 2007)

The shining sliver of the moon hanging low in the western sky was a promise to all of us in Lui. It meant that those long, dark nights of the new moon were over and for the next few days the nights would be bright. I remember after the first new moon seeing that sliver like a baby’s nail hanging there and thinking how the creation story said, “God made the two great lights, the greater one to govern the day, and the lesser one to govern the night; and he made the stars.” The lesser light, I thought, was surely the greater light as the sun blazed down on us relentlessly while the moon gave us only the cool light that showed us the way in the darkness. I would ask John, the young man who took care of me, when the light would return and he would tell me, “In a day or two,” and sure enough, the next night there it would be. Others may have marked time by days but I marked time by the moon. (more…)