Before we sing Silent Night in a Christmas Eve candlelight service, before we open presents by the light of our Christmas trees and a new dawn, before we celebrate the New Year with fireworks, we will go through the darkness of the winter solstice.
|Decorating the Christmas tree this year|
What I do like about darkness is that it forces us to take notice of it, to contemplate what it is and what it is not. The darkness can cause us to be introspective, contemplative, and reflective.
The best network television show of the 1990s (Northern Exposure) had a wonderful episode called Northern Lights. The show takes place in Alaska where the nights in winter are even longer so of course, light is going to be on their minds. This last scene from that episode gives me chills. May it bring some light into your darkest day too.