So I wish I had the time to write something up that would be more profound than usual. The problem is, there isn't really any time! We are falling farther and farther behind on things as we lurch toward Christmas. All we can do is hang on. There is good news, though, though the days get darker we know that we will ultimately make it out to the other side.
With that in mind--and with about 20 things to do before I can have my coffee--I am linking to an article from last year. I was saving it for later, when we are closer to the solstice but it seems that the flow of energy has put it here. The post is about a couple solstice walks. If you are just here for the holiday stuff you might not realize it...but this has mostly been a hiking blog.
One of these walks was on the actual night of the solstice. Every year we gather at the trail head to Pegan Hill. Then we walk up as dark falls and sing carols at the top. It is a nice trip! In many ways I like it better than the pomp of Christmas Eve a few days later. The other is a hike I took in the cold the next day. We will be doing the carol sing again this year on the 21st. We will meet at 4:15 pm and the rest is as tradition dictates.
Anyway, here is the link to the blog post. I urge you to check it out. Now I am off to the next thing! I am also looking forward to a few moments of peace at least on the solstice if not sooner...
...and here is the video from the top of Crow Hill Ledges last year on the day the sun started its journey back.
I am a full-time pastor in a small, progressive church in Massachusetts. This blog is about the non-church things I do to find spiritual sustenance.