Tomorrow we celebrate the winter solstice, or “the year’s midnight,” as poet John Donne aptly wrote in 1627. With close 20 hours of darkness and only 4 hours of light in some Scandinavian countries, it’s no wonder they (in Donne’s time) celebrated the solstice with candles in the tradition of St. Lucia. She is known to have provided light to others traveling on a path bringing food to the poor. (Lucia is Latin for light.)
This season of shortened days gives us opportunity to be a light as well. Be a light for others on the path of life. In this world, that at times seems so dark, to be a light may be one of our highest callings.