What I so love about this time of darkness in the northern hemisphere is all the "ceremonies of light and dark". Because it is so dark, we seek out times to celebrate the light.
To drive back the darkness.
To celebrate with friends and family.
To embrace the wonder of the flame.
To shine out as a beacon of love and hope.
And there are so many different ceremonies of so many different religions and faith traditions:
- the advent candles and candlelight services of Christian churches, along with the Christmas trees.
- the menorahs of Judaism.
- candles and fires of earth-centered faiths.
... and, of course, all the lighting of our home decorations....
I enjoy the candles the best... the simple flames, burning as they do.
This is one of my favorite parts of the season.... the light in the darkness.
A time of hope... for the light that is yet to come.