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Blessed Solstice

Tomorrow we celebrate Winter Solstice. It is the darkest and longest night of the year, is a time of reflection. We welcome back the sun and the light it brings. It is also a time of introspection, of counting our blessings, taking stock in our lives, releasing that which no longer serves us. Some thoughts and gathered prayers below:

O! Mighty goddess, in silvery ice,

watching over us as we sleep,

a layer of shining white,

covering the earth each night,

frost on the world and in the soul,

we thank you for visiting us.

Because of you, we seek warmth

in the comfort of our homes and hearths.

The longest night has come once more,

the sun has set, and darkness fallen.

The trees are bare, the earth asleep,

and the skies are cold and black.

Yet tonight we rejoice, in this longest night,

embracing the darkness that enfolds us.

We welcome the night and all that it holds,

as the light of the stars shines down.

See the gray skies overhead, preparing the way

for the bright sun soon to come.

See the gray skies overhead, preparing the way,

for the world to awake once more.

See the gray skies overhead, preparing the way

for the longest night of the year.

See the gray skies overhead, preparing the way

for the sun to finally return,

bringing with it light and warmth.

The sun returns! The light returns!

The earth begins to warm once more!

The time of darkness has passed,

and a path of light begins the new day.

Welcome, welcome, the heat of the sun,

blessing us all with its rays.

I am grateful for that which I have.

I am not sorrowful for that which I do not.

I have more than others, less than some,

but regardless, I am blessed with

what is mine.

First, I am thankful for my health.

Second, I am thankful for my family.

Third, I am thankful for my warm home.

Fourth, I am thankful for the abundance in my life.


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