The Long Nights

It's December. The nights are so much longer. The days are colder. The sun barely seems to make it up above the trees. In Wisconsin, we already had our first snow. The holiday season is here. I'm grateful for the parties with friends that warm our hearts and the colorful decorations that brighten our days. I know I appreciate those holiday treats more because of the cold and the dark.

The same is true for the what we create. Without shadows, there can be no depth. And without depth, there can be no meaning.

Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Only in the darkness can you see the stars."

He was talking about what he and others were doing to bring us a better world. But as Madeleine L'Engle said, "A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe."

London at Night -- photo by Sofia K. Johnson


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