Today is the winter solstice here in Maine. The shortest day of the year.
For those not inclined to see the glass half-full, it’s also the darkest day of the year.
But in the Southern Hemisphere, in places like New Zealand, today is the longest day of the year. The day with the most sunlight.
I love that! It helps me remember that even if things look really dark for me, I’m simply not seeing the whole picture.
And as my wife reminded me, the winter solstice has always been celebrating that the light does return. The darkness doesn’t triumph.
No wonder the Church chose to celebrate Christmas on the winter solstice. The Light will return to triumph over darkness.
May you experience that Light this Christmas. And may you have a hope-filled 2011.