A ghost light in theatre terms, refers to a light that remains on when the theatre is empty. For those who have been affected greatly by the COVID19 pandemic, this traditional light has remained lit for far too long and it doesn’t look like it will be turned off for quite some time.
The performing arts have been a part of society dating back to the earliest of civilizations. It is a means of expression – a chance to make a statement of sorts – an opportunity to display talent – to offer a voice – to dance, to sing, to create. Even in Biblical times, David danced as he victoriously entered the city – he played the lute to entertain and comfort King Saul through his angst and depression. It is part of our heart and soul as human beings.
We’re told that Broadway will not be opening any shows at least until August of 2021. Recovery from this plague is probably going to take three to five years according to the experts. Little performing venues are closing their doors for good. Children who have gained so much through the creative and performing arts may not see a renewal of that experience during their childhood.
The heart of man is being touched in so many ways through all this. Sometimes things need to go through a cleansing process before they are restored. Sometimes we need to reevaluate, regroup and return to our roots.
I believe we’ve been given this time for such a purpose. We could look a this year as one which should be erased from all time, but then what will we have learned from it? If we take a defeatist attitude, we surely will be defeated. If we look at -our current situation as full of amazing opportunities for change, for doing things new ways, for igniting the creative process, we will have turned the lights back on and given new purpose to the arts and also for the way we face life in general.
God gives us reassurance in this area too, by reminding us that even one tiny glowing ember can grow into a blazing fire. It doesn’t take much, but we must keep that fire lit and never let it go out. Even when things seem their darkest.