Blessed darkness ( Solstice) Blessed darkness, mystery's robe, host of all that exceeds our sight, sanctuary of the unknown, today you hold us near. This night, this longest night, when mystery emerges from her chambers to sing, tonight we offer up to you our certainty we see it all; tonight you close our eyes and bid us dream. Come, precious darkness, give us a world that is more than we can see. Come, gentle darkness, and hold a space for our humble candles to warm our hearts, for the smallest star to shine and lead us to the manger. ——— (the Equator)———— Blessed darkness, womb and shelter, rest for weary eyes, today you begin your long return. This day, this longest day, we offer up to you our looking and our seeking for your treasure. Come, healing darkness, on this, our longest day of labors, and bid us rest. Come, enfolding darkness, close our eyes, pause our searching and calm our anxious hearts, for the One we seek seeks us, and comes, and in the turning light turns our hearts toward the manger. __________________ Steve Garnaas-Holmes Unfolding Light

Posted by Tara Owens, Abbess at 2022-12-21 14:51:29 UTC