The Returning of the Light


In the midst of Faith’s dark winter



Anticipating an end

of overshadowing darkness

brought on by Roman occupation…

A child is born

Faith’s Winter Solstice of sorts

Light of God’s Love

Piercing the Darkness

Hope is reborn

Light returns

in life’s darkest time

A message of God’s Love and Grace

that forever changed the world

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”   ~John 1 NKJV

Painting, Piercing the Darkness: Dwight L. Roth


IChristmas painting 2014 (2)As darkness deepens
on a world filled with sadness
Advent brings new Light
Hope for a brighter future
Reach out for God’s Love and Grace

Painting Piercing the Darkness: Dwight L. Roth

Tomorrow is the first Sunday in Advent in the Christian tradition.  Frank Tassone asked us to write a Haikai poem that refers to Advent. For me Advent is all about the contrast between darkness and Light. I did the painting above a few years ago to illustrate that concept.

The Gospel of John says:  …”and the Word become flesh and dwelt among us” This is what Advent is all about! Jesus brought Light and Life to all who will follow after him… a refreshing change in a dark world.

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Morning Light



Shining through my bedroom blind

Searing light like a welder’s torch

Forcing my eyes tight shut

Causing me to squint and roll over

But when light is present

One cannot simply roll over

Pretending it is not there

It pierces the darkness

Calling us to action

A wake-up call to a new day

One without clouds or rain

One with only light and shadow

Light at its apex diminishes shadows

Reveals the truth

Shows us the way

Exposes every flaw

Calling us to live

Every day as though

There were no shadows

Just light and growth

Reaching upward to the light


Photo: Dwight L. Roth