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Go into the dark, have faith in the light

The winter solstice. One of my favorite days of the year, the shortest day, the longest night, where I anticipate the return of early sunrises and late sunsets. These dark nights and even darker mornings enhance my already champion-like sleep tendencies, encouraging me to slow down, sleep, rest, recharge and reflect. It asks me to go to those dark places in my soul, with faith that the light will come. The dark challenges me to let go, to trust, to love, to reach out, to release, to anticipate new life, new beginnings.

My little lack-of-light, my swaddled soul,   
December baby. Hush, for it is dark,   
and will grow darker still. We must embark   
directly. Bring an orange as the toll   
for Charon: he will be our gondolier.   
Upon the shore, the season pans for light,   
and solstice fish, their eyes gone milky white,   
come bearing riches for the dying year:   
solstitial kingdom. It is yours, the mime   
of branches and the drift of snow. With shaking   
hands, Persephone, the winter’s wife,   
will tender you a gift. Born in a time   
of darkness, you will learn the trick of making.   
You shall make your consolation all your life.   
                             Amanda Jernigan


The gift, the gift of light, of spring, of whatever Persephone decides to bring. This advent season when so many men and women around the world celebrate the coming of Christ, I look for the gift of light from this dark place of the longest day. I look for that place where I can trust and abandon my cares, my worries, my useless anxieties, where I learn whatever tricks I need to make my way to the light, even in the darkest days.

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