Leaf of the Tree

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Renewal is the order of the day



Photo: Diane Kirkup

As the Winter Solstice arrives, I’m reminded of words of Pearl Buck’s:

“It is good to know our universe. What is new is only new to us.”

The newness of the season arriving now can be a quiet kind, and an invitation to quiet, and stillness. To waiting, and listening, in order to hear.


“Make Hay While the Moon Shines”, image by Lauren Chuslo-Shur.

Here in the northern hemisphere, the Solstice brings with it such a distinct meeting place of light and dark.

And yet, as with the sun’s gradually returning light, we can be warmed by the understanding that the forces at work in human life are drawing us away from a dark, centuries-old preoccupation with survival and “fighting evil” toward our highest destiny: a creative, collaborative and potentially limitless building of the good.

That is a prospect in which every one has a part to play and every culture unique contributions to make.


“Sunburst” image by Lauren Chuslo-Shur

Frederick Buechner expressed this reality beautifully: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

“Renewal is the order of the day,” ‘Abdu’l-Bahá declared when he visited North America in 1912. “And all this newness hath its source in the fresh outpourings of wondrous grace and favor from the Lord of the Kingdom, which have renewed the world.

“The people, therefore, must be set completely free from their old patterns of thought, that all their attention may be focused upon these new principles, for these are the light of this time and the very spirit of this age.”



3 thoughts on “Renewal is the order of the day

  1. Thank you for a wonderful post! Winter officially begins on Dec. 21, marking the slow return of the sun making the days longer for those north of the equator. The day itself is the darkest and shortest day of the year, when the sun reaches its southernmost point in the sky. It is also the day on which the sun ceases moving south and begins its journey northward bringing us more light each day and that much closer to the vernal equinox when life begins a new with the advent of spring. Thus reminding us once again that life is about cycles, and not only physically are we leaving the darkness, but we are also as humanity, with all its faults and tribulations slowly advancing toward the light.

  2. Very much appreciated reading your thoughts here this morning, Eric. 🙂

  3. I just copied this into notes of thoughts etc. I may find a place for in my novel.

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