Light and darkness

night sky with stars and Milky Way

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.” ~Og Mandino

As we approach the shortest day of the year tomorrow (here in the Northern hemisphere), it’s helpful to remember to find the beauty in the darkness of our lives as well as in the bright places. They each have their place and their value.

Blessed Yule (or Winter Solstice) tomorrow!

Go into the dark

red leaves on branch in the dark

“To go in the dark with a light is to know light.
To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,
And find that the dark, too, blooms and sings,
And is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.”
~Wendell Berry

We fear the dark places in life for their danger and uncertainty and pain, but there is treasure to be found in those dark places if we are willing to go into the dark open to finding it there.

Hope

person standing in the dark with sliver of moon against colorful darkened sky

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” ~Desmond Tutu

When we’re stuck in the darkness of pain or fear, hope can be hard to see. But it’s always there if we search hard enough, just as even the smallest hints of light can be found in the darkness.

Where are you finding hope in your life?