Christmas Miracle of the Day: ‘Accidental’ solstice shaft of light

From our Bureau of Synchronicities That Seem Much Too Coincidental to be Mere Coincidences

I’ve had a miracle occurring in my house for 23 years and hadn’t noticed it. Of course, some would say this is no miracle, but only a mere coincidence.  

Back in 2000 my wife Jane made a small crucifix out of sculpey (oven-bake clay) and hung it at the bottom of our stairway.  It’s been there ever since.  Yesterday I happened to be coming down the stairs around 9:30 am and noticed that the crucifix was bathed in sunlight, framed by a patch of it.

 I’d never noticed this before, but instantly realized that this can only happen when the sunlight comes through our kitchen window at a very specific angle.  That angle and that shaft of light coincide with the winter solstice, which, of course, is inseparable from Christmas. 

When Jane hung that crucifix, had no clue that there was such a precise alignment between that spot at the bottom of the stairs and the winter solstice. Neither did I, until yesterday.

The builder had no clue either, I’m sure, especially because his workmanship was so shoddy. No two walls in any corner in any room in my house meet at right angles. So, in this respect it’s not like Stonehenge and other paleolithic sites, which seem to have been carefully aligned on purpose.

Funny, how this “coincidental” shaft of light calls attention to the ultimate meaning and purpose of Christmas.

Feliz Nochebuena! Feliz Navidad! Merry Christmas!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 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. . .

. . .The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.. .

. . . He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

Gospel of John 1: 1-5; 13-14

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