This holiday season I’ve been thinking a lot about the darkness closing in during the month. Here in Montana, we only get about eight and a half hours of daylight on December 22, the shortest day of the year. The darkness and cold definitely increase my desire to hibernate!
But it is also a time to look deep within my soul and come face to face with things that are troubling me. There have been regrets this year as people have passed on. I remember times I could have done better by them, but they are things I cannot change.
This can also be a time to examine the mystery of our lives. Why are we here? What is our purpose? What happens in the beyond and how can we leave the world in a little better shape when the time comes? We can’t take our possessions with us, so from my perspective, amassing more and more stuff or power is the ultimate dead end.
Depending on the your spiritual or religious traditions, you may ascribe different reasons for the light returning in late December. Whatever your reason, it is a time to celebrate, to be inclusive and share the joy of the light of acceptance, forgiveness, peace, hope, and more with others.
May your light shine bright in the world this season.