|9:30 AM today|
The plants in my kitchen window grow spindly and they reach toward the weak rays of winter light in these days of late December. As long as there is open water on the Great Lakes, clouds cover our skies frequently and time is marked by shades of gray and black.
|8 AM today|
One lighted tree hangs on the wall upstairs to brighten the dark mornings and evenings. The white lights reflect and warm the cold window panes with their glow. On my calendar I count down the days to winter solstice as I anticipate the slow return to light that will lead us to June's longest day.
|9 AM today|
I am listening to Handel's Messiah on the way to and from work this week. The bass sings Isaiah's words,
"For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising." followed by,
"The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: and they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined." as a prelude to the joyful chorus,
"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
|Dusk- December 20, 2010|
Like my plants, I too reach for the light. This year a full moon lights our darkest night and yesterday we watched with anticipation as it rose above the thin clouds on the horizon. It shone brightly in the dark sky until midnight when more clouds moved in to obscure its form. But it still illuminated the clouds and the earth below.
I was disappointed that the rare total lunar eclipse of the winter solstice was hidden from view above our house. What is it that draws us to watch these events in the sky? We are so insignificant when compared to the vast size of the universe. The moon shines, the shadow of the earth blocks the sun and its reflected rays, then the moon shines again.
|Early morning December 21, 2010|
Light triumphs over darkness, life triumphs over death... and that is the message of Christ's coming.
Here is a picture taken by a local photographer in the Guelph ON area. He found a break in the clouds at the time of eclipse.