December 22 is the Winter Solstice, the day the Earth is furthest from the sun in its elliptical orbit. Think about how, for years uncountable, people have waited on this day, watching for the light to begin returning more strongly, minute by minute each day hereafter. Solstice; so brief, so fleeting from heaven, the wintry sun is barely glimpsed in the sky before all is obscured by the dark yet again. This is the shortest day of the year, when the Earth is furthest from the Light.
When you are faced with times in your life that mirror the longest nights of the year, how do you think about the light? Is it a-far off in the distance, glimmering so wanly in the wintry sky? Or, do you hold it close as a candle flame, cupping the small warmth in your hand and casting out around you in the dark, letting the small light kindle hope in a small sphere of influence all around you?
Let Christ offer you the gift of light this winter season. May the candle flames of His vision and purpose lighten your dark days, bringing to your hearts the time and space you need to kindle your own inner embers back into the bright flame of hope that waits for the coming of the Light.
Scott T. Crane – scottrick.wordpress.com