We had quite a windstorm yesterday which caused fires, downed trees, and power outages.
Since our high schooler is home sick, I decided to go to early Mass.
When I pulled up to the church it was obvious that there was no electricity on the campus.
There was a gentleman standing at the entrance to our Adoration Chapel, flashlight in hand, leading us to the tiny 16 seat chapel. When Father looked up from his morning prayer and saw that there was a standing-room only crowd, he hesitantly decided to move the Mass in the main church with the admonitions to be careful, and that he did not want to get sued!
With the glow of cell phone flashlights leading the way, we uncharacteristically squished into the first several pews, side-by-side to begin Mass.
Father had a goose-neck lamp on the altar so he could read the prayers.
The altar server generously held a flashlight so that the lector could hold the lectionary and read without having to wrangle a light as well.
He then did the same for Father for the Gospel.
Mass progressed nicely and as it did so, the sun began to rise and shed it's light through the stained glass window making the sanctuary visible enough to make the reception of Communion easy and a lot less dangerous than it would have been in the dark.
It was a lovely way to start the day with everyones' patience and generosity with their lights showing true Christian charity.
I've sent up a prayer that the electricity will soon be restored as it is a cold day and many are without heat or a way to fix their dinners.
Thank you, Jesus, that you come to us even in the dark times of our lives. You are always our Light in the darkness.