Several writings and thoughts on light in the darkness.
The Shortest Day
“And so the Shortest Day came and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, revelling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us – listen!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This Shortest Day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.”
― Susan Cooper
And on being a light:
Gandalf the Gray
“Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay… small acts of kindness and love.”
in The Hobbit (Note, I am only sure that is in the movie. I would have to search the book.)
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations: “The best kind of revenge is, not to become like unto them.”
The Golden Sayings of Epictetus – ‘Asked how a man should best grieve his enemy, Epictetus replied; “By setting himself to live the noblest life himself.”
So, in this darkest time, remember to be your own light. Show hospitality and honor to those around you.
Good Yule to you all!