Winter Solstice

21
Dec

So today is the Winter Solstice — the shortest day of the year; the longest night of the year. Appropriately enough, it is gray today, even further diminishing the light. It is, nonetheless, a day of triumph, because we know the darkness has this day done its worst, and we are still standing. Although we still have several months of winter remaining, the power of winter this day is broken. From herein, the days get longer and the nights shorter.It is no mere coincidence that we celebrate Jesus’ birth at this time of year. The light comes into a deep darkness. The light comes quietly, easily missed, in a babe born in extreme poverty; but in the end, the light prevails.Today is also the birthday of John Jernstrom, who a little less than two years ago unexpectedly departed this world to enter into the glorious light of God’s heaven. Thank you God, for the gift of John and for the enduring impact of his love in this world. Blessings of light this day upon Sarah and Zak.

Here is a good hymn for this day, written by Christina Rosetti, which we will sing together this coming Sunday:

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
in the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain;
heaven and earth shall fell away when he comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable palce sufficed
the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
cherumbim and seraphim thronged the ear;
but his mother only, in her maiden bliss,
worshiped the beloved with a kiss.

What can I gve him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
yet what I can I give him: give my heart.
I invite you to join us Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. as we make room in our hearts together for the birth of Christ with our candlelight communion service.

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