Each Winter Solstice, our church holds a service for those who might be struggling with the holidays. This year it feels like something all of us can relate to in some way or another. This song is for all of us, this year.
Longest Night 12/21/2017
Folks are singing joy to the world,
But I just can’t seem to sing along.
Each time I try to see the light, each silent night seems, oh so long.
The cold of the bleak midwinter enters into my body and soul.
Everyone is holding on to candy canes, but it feels like I’ve got a fistful of coal.
I’ve listened to the angels we have heard on high, but I still feel so low.
Why can’t I feel that same peace on Earth everybody else seems to know.
I’m so far down, I can hardly find the energy to pray
For a little less darkness with each passing day.
But maybe with the sun, some hope will arise with a little more levity and light
If I can make it through the longest night.