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Late Afternoon Illumination


Patient LInes

Colorful fabrics.  Warm smiles.  Tall grass.

Woman at a Well in Southern Zambia

If you ever have a chance to spend a day in a southern Zambia village these are a few of the beautiful images that will become etched into your memory.

But stick around until the shadows grow long and you will see the place in the best light. Literally.

Late Afternoon in a Zambian Village

It’s the time of day when thoughts turn to food.

Dinner for Sale in Zambian Village

There’s sure to be a place nearby where dinner ingredients can be purchased.

Dried Fish for Sale in a Zambian VillageI love the way this woman displayed dinner options for her customers.  What will go into the cooking pot tonight?  Big fish, or maybe just a little one?  If this customer would make up his mind she could join the women behind her in a lively conversation about the day’s happenings.

Man in Late Afternoon SunlightThe last rays of warm sunshine are pleasant.  The baking midday sun has cooled, and the chill of night is yet to come.

Afternoon in a Southern Zambia Village

The day’s work is done, and there is time to just hang out, visit with neighbors, or even make friends with a curious stranger.

Man in a Southern Zambia Village

Even time to pose for a snap.

Late Afternoon in a Zambian Village

Jesu Ulandiyanda, Jesus Loves Me.  The paper visors carry the message of the classes the children attended earlier in the day.  When they wear the visors will they be reminded of our visit, just as these images remind me of my late afternoon walk?

Late Afternoon Gathering in the Village

The fire begins to draw people together.

Resting in the Later Afternoon Sun

These are good moments.

Dinner Cooking in a Zambian Village

There will be cabbage with the nsima this night.

Zambian Women in the Late Afternoon Sun

The Zambian sunsets are spectacular.  I remembered that. But returning after a three year hiatus opened my eyes to just how special the last light of day can be.  Lingering alpenglow in the east casts a warm light. More subtle than the western sunset, but just as enchanting, I looked forward to it every evening of this visit.  How could the beauty of these few moments have escaped my eye in all my previous trips?

Late Afternoon in Southern Zambia

Once awakened to it, it’s become impossible to ignore. Beauty missed before is now glaringly obvious.

While I am perplexed at the idea that I have been carelessly unobservant of this beautiful light phenomenon, I’m also excited by the discovery. There are new delights to partake in, even in the familiar. Every day is a chance to see things in a new way, discover things previously unknown. Each new day holds possibility for more awakenings, for greater illumination of spirit.

Mulamfu Afternoon Gathering

If I am blessed to return to Zambia, and once again bask in the last light of an African evening, I will certainly be attentive to the beauty of that special light.  The real question is, can my walk home from school be as enlightening as my walk through Mulamfu village?  Will tomorrow’s sunrise light the way for discoveries, or will it find me preoccupied, unaware?

Psalms 36

5  Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.

6  Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,

your justice like the ocean depths.

You care for people and animals alike, O Lord.

7  How precious is your unfailing love, O God!

All humanity finds shelter

in the shadow of your wings.

8  You feed them from the abundance of your own house,

letting them drink from your river of delights.

9 For you are the fountain of life,

the light by which we see.

10 Pour out your unfailing love on those who love you;

give justice to those with honest hearts.

Blessings,

 

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