The light will return
Imagine a time without video games, television, dishwashers, coffee machines and grocery deliver services! Imagine living without electricity, having to grow your own food, build your own shelter and spending most of your time outside living in harmony with nature.
Instead of checking your Facebook account when you wake up each morning you feed the fire, walk down to the river, break through the ice and get a drink of water before you start hunting and foraging for food to feed your family.
Just imagine for a moment being so completely dependent on nature that if it doesn’t rain – you don’t eat or if it rains too much – you don’t eat. Your entire existence depends on your natural world. This world is one you honour, cherish, respect and live in harmony with, because it gives you and your family life.
In ancient times people were sincerely worried that if the sun continued to disappear and the days continue to get shorter, colder and darker they would die. The sun just kept getting lower in the sky and there was absolutely nothing anyone could do about it.
After many years of worry, people started to realize that every year, just when they thought the sun is gone forever it came back.
Life will not end. Instead of a time of great worry this becomes a time for gathering together, sharing, singing and celebration.
The winter solstice has been celebrated around the world for thousands of years. Regardless of whether you subscribe to nature based faiths, cling to scientific data or join together in song and scripture the celebration of the solstice is one we can join in together. All of humanity shares its dependence on the sun.
For me the winter solstice means that even when you are in the depths of despair, at your darkest moment and feel hopeless you can have faith that the “light” will come again. I know this to be true. So if things aren’t as great as they could be right now, take a deep breath and remind yourself that the light will come again.
So light a candle with me tonight and let’s celebrate the light together.