Saturday, December 21, 2013

Merry Yule!

Though it doesn't feel like it, this is the turning point, when the sun starts growing stronger, the days longer, and spring moves closer, (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere). This is the Winter Solstice, an astronomic event which has been celebrated for millennia.

Though we now head into the long grind of winter, ever so slowly, the sun will rise a little earlier and set a little later. The wheel of the year turns, and the seasons renew. Our ancient ancestors observed this and so honored the Winter Solstice as an occasion of great importance.

Even in the darkest time, the longest night, the seeds of hope and light are carried. Things will change and move forward.What a powerful truth to hold, especially for those early people, whose very lives depended on the arrival of spring.

Though most of us are lucky enough not to live that close to the edge, there are poor and homeless in all our communities for whom winter is a dangerous challenge. I encourage you, this holiday season, to donate a coat, blankets, time, food, or money to help these individuals. Bring a little sunshine into their lives this Winter Solstice.

Merry Yule!

Diana Green
Worlds of Imagination, Adventure, and Romance


Liz Fountain said...

Beautiful photo and sentiment, Diana. I just moved, and it reminded me how much stuff I have - far more than I need. Time to share the wealth.

Thank you,

Jude Johnson said...

Merry Yule to you as well, Diana. Bringing light into the darkness is something we all aim for as writers--I hope.