Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Windows on Winter Solstice
It is December 21 today, Winter Solstice, and we are having our exterior windows cleaned at this very moment. This seems a fitting thing to do, letting as much light in as possible on this darkest of days!
I like this metaphor on several levels. First of all, it is wonderful to recognize that we can receive the help that we need in getting the light through. I am grateful to the man who is making this possible. I also know that we will need to do the cleaning on the interior side--again, a most fitting metaphor as we are responsible for clearing away the dust and debris that clouds our vision from inside ourselves.
And the source! God gives us the light, generously, faithfully.... Sometimes it seems less than we desire, but daily it is replenished, and seasons wax and wane and circle ‘round. People through history have recognized the importance of welcoming the turning back towards the light. Winter solstice has been celebrated with gatherings of song and feasting throughout the ages. How fitting that Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus at this time of year----His presence brings light into our darkness and hope for the days to come.
May you all see with brightness and clarity through this season and beyond!