Sunday Respite – Within our darkest night…

This week we celebrate Christmas. We also see the return of more sunlight after the darkest night. We have so much to be thankful for.

I have selected “Within Our Darkest Night You Kindle A Fire that Never Dies Away” by Taize.


The winter solstice occurs as well.

Jupiter and Saturn will form rare Christmas Star” on winter solstice

On December 21, Jupiter and Saturn will appear closer in Earth’s night sky than they have since 1226 A.D. You can watch the event live here on the 21st, courtesy of Lowell Observatory.



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At the Winter Solstice we reach the depth of that darkness with the longest night of the year. Darkness has reached its peak.

“Now we start to wonder: will this continue? Will the Earth grow darker and colder as the Sun disappears into the south until only darkness is left? But at Yule a wonderful thing happens. The Sun stops its decline and for a few days it rises in about the same place. This is the crucial time, the cusp between events. The Sun stands still, and everyone waits for the turning.”

In our heads we know the light will return. But in the darkness of Winter, can we be sure? do our hearts believe what our heads tell us? Will the light keep its promises? We all have moments of darkness, when we don’t know how much deeper we will go before the light starts to return (or even if it will). The world has moments too; it understands us, and lives as we do.

The Sun does start north again and the light comes back. In the world, in our lives, the light comes back. This is indeed something worth celebrating, and it has been celebrated throughout the Northern Hemisphere in remarkably similar ways since the ancients.

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Wishing you a wonderful day.

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