Blessed Solstice

I’m sitting in the pre-dawn dark, my only light the electric fireplace, a candle, and the glow of my screen. It’s been raining for 36 hours nearly non-stop, and now it patters on the roof on this darkest day of the year. I’m looking forward, out of the darkness, toward the coming light. It’s been a very bleak early winter, and there is more to come. But…

As we move back toward the light in the wheel of the year, may hope being to loosen the clutch of our hearts and bring love to a weary world.

“This blessing will reach you even if you have not light enough to read it…
Take its hand. Get up. Set out on the road you cannot see.”

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Blessing for the Longest Night (by Jan Richardson)

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.

© Jan Richardson. janrichardson.com

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