There must always be winter. There must always be night. This is life. This is the seasons that mark our lives and our world.
Today I celebrate. It is the longest and darkest night in the Northern Hemisphere. It is not that I always feel like celebrating but it is a time to celebrate. To force one to remember that as surely as tonight is the longest night that six months from now we can celebrate the longest day.
We must also remember the season. There are those who celebrate the Yuletide, they light lights to help guide the way. They have placed candles in their windows for millennium. And some celebrate a miracle of a flame that kept burning.
We must keep our own flame burning, especially in dark times. We illuminate the darkness and hold it accountable.
This flame can also invite and inspire. Can we brighten the path to show someone the way? Can its warmth help someone in need? Can we help relight a burnt out flame?
There will always be winter. There will always be spring. Darkness starts before winter; the nights get shorter in the fall. Today, let us light up the world and be a flame that won’t stop burning.
Happy Winter Solstice 2016 and Happy New Year!