Thank You for tonight. We are celebrating the longest night of the year when the Goddess once again becomes the Great Mother and gives birth to the new Sun King.
“The winter solstice celebrates the return of hope to our land as our planet experiences the first slow turn toward greater daylight”, I am reading in “The Circle of Life” by Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr, “…winter darkness has a positive side. As we gather to celebrate the first turn from winter to spring, we are invited to recognize and honor the beauty in the often unwanted season of winter.”
Let’s embrace winter’s darkness tonight. I have gathered “dark” photos to emphasise how beautiful winter is, and how much we are happy to live in this magical moment!
So the shortest day came, and the year died,
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive,
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, reveling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us – Listen!
All the long echoes sing the same delight,
This shortest day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, fest, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends!
And hope for peace.
And so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
by Susan Cooper
Make a wish to live in Light, as light as a child’s breath,
As light as a snowflakes dance in your eyes…
Thank you for your winter smile.
18 thoughts on “The Shortest Day”
Very nice! Someone needs to love winter, I won’t even live where it get/s cold!, SW Florida.
Thank you and Merry Christmas!!! May this joyful season greet you with health and happiness!
Dear Glorialana, thank you for this beautiful post. Wishing you a blessed Christmas! Veraiconica
Dear Veraiconica! Where are you? I miss you from 14 july, 2015!!!
Thank you for your words and may the air of Christmas lift your spirit, the sun brighten your way and may moon of the season glow everything you love.
Hug you with my whole heart!
Glorialana, thank you for your kind words. My life lately has been so busy, that I could not blog, but hope I will again in the future. Wishing you a nice week. Hugs! Veraiconica
Dear Veraiconica! I know life is busy. But you know your blog is light for me. Perhaps one sentence in a day? Specially for me? 😉
Have a beautiful February!
Dear Glorailana, you are so kind. I will try. Have had a little bid of a difficult time at the moment but it will get better again. Always enjoy your posts so much. Hugs! Veraiconica
Dear Veraiconica! Wish you Sun light of easiness and ask the heavy clouds to dissipate on your way! Everything is going to be right. Believe me, I know :-)!
Dear Glorialana! Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement. Today it is beginning to look like it will get better. 🙂 Hugs! Veraiconica
I think one of the more beautiful posts I’ve experienced since my time up here on WordPress. —Chagall
Thank you very much! May the magic gifts of Christmas fill your heart with joyful songs, cheerfulness and laughter. Merry Christmas!
And the very same to you! Merry Christmas, Glorialana.
Beautiful pictures, although I confess to prefer looking at them from indoors in the warm 🙂
Thank you, Steve! Merry Christmas! Sending warm wishes to you, may your home be blessed with love and happiness.
I often miss the day you post your magic; sometimes I have to click on your blog to see what I have missed. I have missed the shortest day of the year — but, like you, it has drifted into the shadows of the past, and I live each day in anticipation of a little more warmth and a little more light. The cycle never ends; it will be here long after we are gone. So let us give thanks we have been privledged to feel the cold and the sun so many times!
My dear Goddess! I am catching a sad notes “sol” and “do” from your soul and return its to you in joyful major! Do you feel your today in Do Dur (major)? Thank you for your smiles. I love your laugh. Thank you for being with me. Big hug from me!
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Magic Winter Solstice!