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Waiting for the Light: a winter solstice reflection

Light for the Way seriesWe invite you to take a peek inside our Light for the Way devotional series. Each week we provide staff with an examination of a biblical reading to deepen ouur focus on scripture. Thank you for engaging with this series as we seek wisdom through prayer and reflection as a Christian Ministry.

By Chaplain Jenny Schroedel, Optage Hospice
“The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” — John 1:5, NIV

Darkness falls early and cold these days, well before dinner. It is both literal and figurative: inky black nights followed by bone-tired mornings. We are in month nine of this pandemic as well as the fourth week of Advent, a season of quiet anticipation that can be translated as ‘coming.’
We are waiting on so much these days  the vaccine and the slow return to normalcy. But also, like so many Christians before us, we wait for the Light.
Here are some suggestions for navigating this unique season:

  1. Make a Plan. For many months, it has been difficult to plan anything. Plan something that feels right to you now, knowing you can adjust if needed. This could include a virtual gathering or delivering cookies to a neighbor. Whatever you do, keep it simple  aim to bring a little joy to those around you. This year, that will be enough.
  2. Adjust Your Expectations. 2020 has stretched us in ways we could not have imagined. This will likely continue as we head into the holidays  go lightly with yourself and others. Make peace with imperfect solutions.   
  3. Carve Out a Little Space. Give yourself some quietness each day to reflect and absorb the tremendous changes you have experienced. You could light a candle, reflect on a Scripture passage or walk in nature.    
Today is the winter solstice, the shortest day followed by the longest night. But this is also when the shift begins. Starting tomorrow, we will gain a few minutes of daylight each day. Slowly, almost imperceptibly, December darkness gives way to the new year. Likewise, the vaccine represents the beginning of the end of the pandemic. Take a moment to reflect on all that you have come through this past year, but also all that you hope toward. The Light is both coming and here  and with us always.

More selected devotionals in the Light for the Way series:
Optage Senior Dining Choices: Delivering meals and hope
Committed to reconciliation
Trust in God inspires person-centered care
Introducing Light for the Way, a new devotional series

In addition to Light for the Way, you can find reflections, devotions, music and other resources on the Pastoral Care website

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