We have just past the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere. That means the days have stopped getting shorter and started getting longer. In all cultures in the higher latitudes we find a time of celebration centered on this increase in light. This increase in light has always been associated with an increase in ‘life’. The start of winter or the beginning of a necessary fast because of the sparseness of the necessities to sustain life just calls for a coming together of members of the community to talk of hope and comfort in being together and knowing that a change has occurred that is a renewal of life. Christians adopted this time of renewal to also celebrate a time of hope so as to not fall into worship of things other than God and so that Christians could come together with the larger community in celebration of the renewal of life.
May joy and happiness totally consume your life during this period of renewal and this celebration with family and friends. We pray for the renewal of our institutions in empathy toward the individuals that they serve.
Joy, hope, peace and love calls for renewal
As we come together in community
Seeking the significance and comfort of others
In belief that the community is our best hope
No one wants to suffer the long hard periods
Of the beginning of the renewal in life alone
When our worst fear calls terror to heart
That the long periods of pain will continue
While huddled in community our fears dissolve
And slowly each day is longer and brighter
As the sun begins to bring this renewal of life
To all beings as joy and hope lock in syzygy
Original Verse by Mark Pegram
“Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understoodit.” – John 1:3-5 NIV