Dawn broke through these trees in my back yard a number of years ago on this day, Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Will we, as Albert Camus wrote, discover “an invincible summer” within us?
In the midst of a world where chaos and hatred and fear seem so prevalent, perhaps it is time to remember *all* of Camus’ text in his often-quoted “invincible summer” words?
“In the midst of hate, I discovered within me an invincible love.
In the midst of tears, I discovered within me an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I discovered an invincible calm.
I realized through it all that, in the midst of winter, there was an invincible summer.
For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me there is something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”
So may it be, Albert. So may it be. Amen.
The very word ‘winter’ can bring far more to mind than simply the weather. The present chaos, hatred and fear seem so prevalent. Many hearts have become cold. “Something better, pushing right back.”
Yes! In the midst of hatred, tears, chaos, may we ‘push right back’ so that an ‘invincible summer’ can emerge in the hearts and minds of us all.
May the Winter Solstice’s light of hope and healing break through!
Happy Winter Solstice.
© June Maffin