the long dark

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Today the sun was bright as it started to dip toward the horizon.

We were waiting for my oldest to be done with school for the day and even though it was windy and cold outside, there was the light heading off our map.  Done with us for the time being, until tomorrow.  It’s only 3pm, but the edges were glowing, the sun is going down.  The daylight almost gone.

I was pushing my daughter on the swing as we waited and I was thinking how we are on the pendulum -inching ourselves every day closer to December 21st, the shortest daylight of the year. The day we will have the most darkness.

That is where we are headed.  The day of the long dark.

There is nothing we can do to stop our path there.  It is inevitable.  But there is light to still bask in as we see that day coming.  Light to still warm my face, even in the cold wind.

As I was thinking of this I was reminded of a quote by Jerry Sittser in his book A Grace Disguised.  “The quickest way for anyone to reach the sun and the light of day is not to run west, chasing after the setting sun, but to head east, plunging into the darkness until one comes to the sunrise.”

That is where we are headed.  The day of the long dark.

And even thought that day is coming and it is going to be long and dark and will seem to last far to long.  There will be an inhale, a deep breathing in and out, a heartbeat.  The moment where we shift to the other side of the pendulum and start inching our way to the day with the most light.

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