Winter Solstice

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The Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, is not an end in itself.  It is a reminder that now the days will begin to get longer as the earth moves in its path around the sun. The promise of more light to create growth and nourishment for all of us allows us to appreciate the long cold winter. I thought about the struggles we all go through. At the time it may seem like there is not hope, but as with the sun this too won’t last forever. Renewed strength will come in due time.

Winter Solstice

Advent of winter cold and dark

Comes to visit chilling us to the bone

Long shadows tell the tale

Of our trek around the sun

Tilting away from those life giving rays

Demanding hibernation

As new buds wait for the light

Knowing it will come in the course of time

In our dark nights of soul searching

Answers seem far away

As we move away from the Light

Life demands our hibernation

Not in devastation but rather in self renewal

Developing new strength and perspective

Preparing for the promised return of Light in our life

Dispelling the dark night in which we struggle

No matter how dark devastating or desperate

This too will pass

With the return of the Light

That is always there

Illuminating our minds moving us onward

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Photo:Dwight L. Roth

 

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