On wednesday the sun rises at 7:23 am and sets at 4:26.I read this in the paper today:
"It's time to finish our last Christmas card with calm and solace. Time to give our respects to the mounting snow as the world keeps erasing itself. Time to dream of sleeping seeds and all their possibilities. All too soon the darkness will fall out of our bones. The growing light will bring a thousand new beginnings. And we'll want to be awake to every one of them"
The shortest day of the year seems so powerful to me. I say the same thing on the longest day of the year. But I am always a bit sad as the days get shorter.
Rejoice...we have longer days ahead!
BTW...We spent some time in New Grange when we were in Ireland. That is the tomb that was built 3000 years before Christ was born. The rising sun of the winter sostice passes light thru a narrow slot above the doorway. Then is sweeps down an 80-foot passageway onto the burial hearth. It took generations to build the structure and is made from stone that had to be brought from many miles away. How in the world did they figure out how to build this structure. These people were sun worshipers..I guess I am one of those people also as I feel the power of god so stongly during this time of the year.