May your Days be Brighter and Brighter

Greeting on this bitterly cold Solstice Morn in Wisconsin!  This is a deeply Holy time for me, one who is not very religious but undeniably given to fits of spirituality at times.  Usually when Nature unveils Her Beauty and Power and Mystery.

This Solstice I leave you with these words excerpted from a sermon given last December from a Unitarian Universalist minister,  Reverend Susan Veronica Rak:

The Winter Solstice or Yule is a time of celebration and rebirth. 

We reach the still-point, the shortest day, the longest night.  And in 

that brief moment, as the dark night stretches before us, we feel a 

certain deepness.  No amount of electrical power can breach that 

profound yearning.  Technology may have removed the mystery of 

cold and deepening darkness.  Yet still our hearts are stirred by these 

connections to ancient practices and lore; the celebration of the 

Solstice roots us in a tradition that goes deep into our bones. 

 Celebrating the Winter Solstice grounds us in our ancient roots. 

There is sacredness in nature – not just the gauzily pretty idea of 

“Mother Nature” all meek and mild, but nature in its constant cycle of 

creation and destruction that brings us to this still point, this moment 

to contemplate our place in the universe.  And that may be a small 

space, a blip on the great evolutionary timeline as we know it, just one 

life in millions and millions.  

Let us embrace the darkness and the possibility as we stand at 

this still point, this turning of the year, we realize that in one small life 

lies boundless potential, hidden life and growth and possibility.  

We honor this moment, this turning, in each of us. 

“Mark the time. 

Respond with thought or prayer 

or smile or grief, 

Let nothing living slip between 

the fingers of the mind,

For all of these are holy things 

We will not, cannot, find again.” 

The complete text can be found here.
Blessed Be.

3 Responses

  1. Nice sermon. Nice thoughts. Doesn’t sound Christian at all. Maybe I should check out the Unitarian church sometime. Thanks for sharing that.

    But I was on my way over to your blog this morning with a purpose other than reading those nice thoughts though. Tag! You’re it! I’m tagging you with a Bookworm Award. I hope you’ll play along. Details here:


  2. wonderful moment of reflection, I think wintertime was made for moments like that, afterall, there’s not much work you can do outside (after all the shoveling is done of course)

  3. I think January is a reflective month and I am all in favor of finding the solstice still point, and with luck, a few others during the year.

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