I have learned things in the dark that I could never have learned in the light, things that have saved my life over and over again, so that there is really only one logical conclusion. I need darkness as much as I need light.
–Barbara Brown Taylor, Learning to Walk in the Dark
To honor the seasonal turning of the wheel
To allow ourselves to rest and germinate in the darkness
To find the gifts of the dark and rekindle our own inner light
Taking It Home
Embrace the beauty of early darkness and see it as a gift. Take a day and let nature’s rhythm lead your activities.
Take comfort in community by joining in Sunday morning worship, walking the labyrinth or attending Christmas Eve services. Reflect on the quote on the front page and consider how being part of Live Oak UU has helped you in dark times.
Slow down your usual pace and spend time together with family or friends. Participate in holiday activities that bring you pleasure as opposed to stressing you out. Let your body rest in this time of darkness with a good book, a cozy fire, hot cocoa, a game, a walk in nature. Decorate a tree outside with berries and seeds for the birds to feast on.
After you rest in the darkness, think about what new light is sparking in you. What are you being called to do in the world? Nurture that calling and then act on it. Find organizations where your help or action moves others into a safer, more humane existence.
Activities for Solstice from https://www.sparklestories.com/blog/post/celebrating-winter-solstice
Make sun-related crafts:
- Paint sun rocks
- Make sun shaped cookies
- Make pine cone bird feeders
- Make orange pomanders
- Make a winter suncatcher
- Make a sun tree topper
Ideas to Celebrate Advent:
Our RE Stories for the Theme
“God is Like Darkness” from Hide and Seek with God by Mary Ann Moore
“Following the Star” by Sarah Diemer
“The Rebirth of the Sun” by Starhawk
The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice by Wendy Pfeffer