An Invocation for the Winter Solstice

Some beautiful words to help us look in the right direction at the turning of the light.

Ruth Valerio

solstice sunBlessed be youSun Maker, Orb Turner,

you know the wisdom of the rhythms.

Teach me the health of resting time as I walk out this short day.

Praise to you Undiminished One,

whose light the darkness can never put out;

whose growth is nurtured in hiddeness;

whose faithfulness never stands still or waxes cold;

whose life is the light of all that lives;

in whom love, honour, thanksgiving, prayer

and praise, to you.

From the rising of the midwinter sun to its setting,

scatter the darkness with the light of your love, O Shining One,

Make me short on mean thoughts, long on offering words of comfort.

Make me short on being driven, long on paying attention.

Make me short on focussing only on my own, long on looking beyond.

Make me short on obsessive lists, long on spontaneous acts of kindness.

Make me short on mindless activity…

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