A picture of Reverend Christine at the pulpit during her installation ceremony

Happy Solstice! I have always loved the Solstice! I love honoring the cycle of the year, and for some reason, I find more depth in the holidays that deal with the parts of our world that our society doesn’t look at as much. Solstice is when we honor the dark days, with hope and expectation that the light will return. It is also a time to reflect on the turning of the year, and more importantly, it is a time to slow down and just be. As a chronic over-performer, I need a specific holiday just for this. I need to remember that I am a human BEING, not a human DOING. I need to be okay with the quiet times and not always striving to do more.

This is the solstice, the still point
of the sun, its cusp and midnight,
the year’s threshold
and unlocking, where the past
lets go of and becomes the future….

— from “Solstice Poem” by Margaret Atwood

May you get a moment to embrace the spirit of stillness, may the darkness teach you about rest and just being. As the wheel of the year turns, may the long night give birth to a light of hope, compassion and peace in you. May this solstice unlock, open and grow your sense of wonder and awe.