Fourth Week of Advent: Monday

This is the perfect piece for the day after the longest night of Solstice by Jan Richardson. May your walk into this week be in peace.

Blessing for the Longest Night

All throughout these months as the shadows have lengthened, this blessing has been gathering itself, making ready, preparing for this night.

It has practiced walking in the dark, traveling with its eyes closed, feeling its way by memory by touch by the pull of the moon even as it wanes.

So believe me when I tell you this blessing will reach you even if you have not light enough to read it; it will find you even though you cannot see it coming.

You will know the moment of its arriving by your release of the breath you have held so long; a loosening of the clenching in your hands, of the clutch around your heart; a thinning of the darkness that had drawn itself around you.

This blessing does not mean to take the night away but it knows its hidden roads, knows the resting spots along the path, knows what it means to travel in the company of a friend.

So when this blessing comes, take its hand. Get up. Set out on the road you cannot see. This is the night when you can trust that any direction you go, you will be walking toward the dawn.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Fourth Week of Advent: Monday

  1. Janet Sunderland says:

    And lots of candles and celebration and food and fire in the grate. I love Solstice. Got a bit of the Celts in me too (probably mostly the warrior branch!!) Happy all. And thanks so much for being part of my life – at least the writing part. J.

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