Somebody Get the Light

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests,[a] a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.–1 Peter 2.9 NLT

There are six weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. There are three major holidays celebrated in the United States during this period of time. The Holiday season is filled with parties, events, purchases, dinners and other holiday related activities. It is a fun time and it is also one of the most stressful times of the year. There are more stress related problems during this six-week period than any other time of the year.

Personally, when the wind gets that chill in it and the days grow shorter, I don’t like it. I do not like the cold and dark of winter. To me it is a season that I have endured until spring bursts back into my world. But, I have come to learn something very valuable. Life has functions in cycles. And, the winter holiday season is a cycle that is meant to teach me something.

In Celtic tradition The New Year begins October -Noverber 1. This marks a transition time from the light of summer and fall and into the darkness of winter. This period of time was taught as one of deep spiritual reflection. You go into the darkness not to stay and dwell there but to search your soul, weed out the bad and work toward coming back into the light of spring. Birth begins in darkness. It is the darkness of winter that I can look forward to the spring and thus plan and prepare for the warmth and light it will bring. This time of darkness is the time to birth a new direction for my life.

Rather than being caught up in the hoopla of the new six weeks, why not just take a step back. Take a step back to reflect and plan your up coming year. Take a step back and focus on what is really important to you. take a step back and make some serious quiet time for yourself. Take time to read, study, hope and dream. Use the time to invest in your faith, family, friends, and future. And, when the light of spring arrives you will be refreshed and reenergize for a great year. Come out of the darkness prepared as you go into the light!


~ by Daniel Toops on November 22, 2011.

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