Long ago Christian leaders decided to celebrate the birth of Jesus at the time of winter solstice. The time of year that is darkest and coldest was matched to the dawning light of our Saviour’s birth.
Instead of ignoring the commonly held beliefs about solstice, the early saints saw an opportunity to add to the culture of their day by pronouncing that Christ had come precisely because life gets dark and cold. We need hope for the sun to shine again and the earth to open again for seedtime and harvest.
We do not live in an agrarian society or in a place where our survival depends on gathering at harvest time. But we do feel the cold and see the dark in other ways. In your winter solstice of the soul, remember that the angels sang a song of hope and joy.
In the midst of our problems we can look to a Saviour who understands the very real threats and discouragement that we face. He is with us in the darkness and the cold and responds to all our fears.
The darkness has not overcome the everlasting light of God’s Son.