December is the darkest month. Days grow shorter and nights
lengthen until we experience the longest night of the year. One can well
imagine how people in the beginning, unaware of the universeís rhythm of
light and dark, feared for their lives as darkness encroached.
Throughout manís history, the growing darkness of this
time of year must have ignited a human yearning for facing the dark unknown
together. The celebrations, rituals, and festivals that we hold in December
speak to our deep need for human connection, and for love as the fundamental
truth of our existence.
The threads of celebratory connection in December
remind us that life is a wheel of birth, death, and rebirth. With the
shifting patterns of light and dark, we are reminded of our own cycle of
spiritual growth and the power of hope to transform our darkest moments.