preparing for the longest night
preparing for the longest night

preparing for the longest night

As we prepare for the longest night of the year, I’ve been reflecting Darkness and the journeys we take with her.  Whether it’s related to our spiritual, emotional, or physical health, Darkness can feel especially unnerving during a season that is filled with joy and light and celebration.

This week, I thought I might share some words and resources that I use as I hold my own sacred space for Darkness. I’m beginning with Jan Richardson because I have always found her blessings to be authentic and accessible–beautiful in both their simplicity and honesty.

from “A Blessing for Traveling in the Dark” by Jan Richardson

I do not know
what these shadows
ask of you,
what they might hold
that means you good
or ill.
It is not for me
to reckon
whether you should linger
or you should leave.

But this is what
I can ask for you:

That in the darkness
there be a blessing.
That in the shadows
there be a welcome.
That in the night
you be encompassed
by the Love that knows
your name.


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