Our Parish Nurse, Ann Yeo, recognizes that this holiday season, at the very darkest time of the year (in our Northern Hemisphere), is a difficult time for some of us – for varied reasons.  She would like to share this “Meditation on Winter Celebrations” by Unitarian Universalist minister Elizabeth M. Strong:

“We are in the midst of the season of celebration.
Celebrations
Of the birth of new hope,
Of the festival of lights,
Of the triumph of freedom.

The darkness of the year is lifting and the time of light grows longer. We have gathered with an anticipation of hope for peace on earth and in our homes.

We have gathered in this season of celebrations seeking comfort to soften the pain and the losses our lives have suffered in the fast retreating year.

We have gathered to worship joyfully within this season of celebrations with the tenderness and love of family and friends around us.

Let us be embraced by the strength and power of this sacred space that we each bring as we create this beloved community.

Let joy and sorrow join in the fullness of our living.

Let the power and strength we embody join us together as we move through the seasons of celebration into a new year with a new vision of hope for peace on earth.”        (UUA WorshipWeb)

– Ann Yeo, R.N., M.S.N., Parish Nurse