Today’s Word: ‘solstice’ as in… a few extra moments of light.
The June Solstice is upon us, and with comes a great gift! The solstice happens twice each year, respectively at midsummer and midwinter, when the sun reaches its highest or lowest point in the sky at noon. When we refer to these days as “longest” and “shortest” we are, of course, referring to the amount of light. While our friends in New Zealand are celebrating the shortest day of the year, here in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re going bonkers with a few extra moments of daylight.
That raises a couple of great questions: how much is “a few extra moments” and what do we do with them? Today we’ll have somewhere between 15.5 and 16 hours of daylight; a tad more light than yesterday. But then it changes; tomorrow is a different story. How much of a different story?
Today we’ll have +0:06 seconds more daylight than yesterday and tomorrow we’ll have -0:02 seconds less daylight than today. The difference is negligible. But the impact is not!
So what can we do with a few more moments of light? We can speak a little more light into someone’s day. We can pour just a little more love into someone’s life. We can offer more affirmation, another word of hope, a few more moments of grace, some words of forgiveness. With just a few more moments of light we can lean into the thriving rhythms of living spirited, creative, connected lives by dwelling in the present with grateful hearts that are bent toward mission with one another. And then, even when the day comes to an end and shadows lengthen and night falls, there is still Light and more Light; life and more life to celebrate.
To borrow a phrase, “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in God there is no darkness at all.”
So we’ve got a few more moments of light today. Let’s make the most of them.
~Thanks to Gary Skiff Photography for the remarkable image of Deception Pass Bridge.