It was the darkest time of the year, the last few weeks before the Winter Solstice. The long, black nights seemed to go on forever. When the sun did rise it would race across the sky and set again before you even had a chance to enjoy it. The cloudy days were the worst of all. Then even the few hours of sunlight were covered in gray.
I felt my energy ebb during these days. It was tougher to get out of bed in the morning and harder to get everything done during the day. The darkness made my body feel tired and lowered my normally good spirits. I definitely wasn’t looking forward to the 3 long months of Winter that lay ahead.
To fight off these Winter blues I decided to do all I could to nurture my own inner light. I prayed often and asked God’s love to fill my heart and soul. I sang along to the Christmas carols playing on my record player. I read uplifting books. I laughed with my children and played with my dogs. I walked outside during the short, sunny hours and breathed in the cold, frosty air. I crunched through the snow, smiled towards the sky, and thanked my Heavenly Father for all the blessings He had given me in this life. Doing these things rekindled the embers in my soul and turned them into a roaring fire once again. I knew that Spring was 3 months away, but I knew too that each day would bring more light both in the sky and inside of me.
As these months of Winter go by don’t just bide your time waiting for the greater light to come. Instead brighten the light and love that glows deep within you. Then let it out, let it shine, and share it with the world. And remember too that the greatest light to come won’t be on the first day of Spring or the first day of Summer. It will be when we enter into the glorious light of Heaven and the loving arms of God.