The Great Plains Magi
The gospel of John describes Jesus coming into the world using the language of poetry and metaphor; the light coming into the darkness and the darkness not overcoming it. Matthew and Luke describe the light coming into the darkness in narrative. Matthew tells a story of the Magi following a star to the place of Jesus birth, and Luke describes the glory of the heavenly host erupting out of the darkness to sing the shepherds on their way to Bethlehem. In this part of the world where we spend so much time without sunlight and the nighttime heavens are so bright, it's easy to imagine what the Magi would have experienced if instead of crossing the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem, they were crossing the Great Plains of North America, holding fast to the promise of the light that shone for them in the darkness. The photography is time lapse from the Dakotas. The music is by Nobara Hayakawa.