We Needn’t Fear the Darkness

We Needn’t Fear the Darkness
Rev. Kathy Schmitz, Solstice 2010
First Unitarian Church of Orlando, FL

We rail against the darkness, light our fires, dance and shout.
And yet…
We needn’t fear the darkness.
It has its own purpose.
It is the time of rest and renewal,
of nurture and healing,
of new beginnings waiting to emerge.
It brings the opportunity for sleep, for hibernation, for germination.
It is a time of transition, of processing, of learning to let go.
Darkness has a beauty all its own.
We needn’t fear the darkness

We cringe at movement in the shadows, we cower and pull back.
And yet…
We needn’t fear the shadows.
They bring their own gifts.
The shapes we see in the dim light
tell us less about the dangers lurking in the world
and more about the inner working of our own imagination.
In the twilight, we perceive more fully the reality we have created.
The shadows display a truth all their own.
We needn’t fear the shadows.

We strike back against the silence, sing our songs, beat our drums,
shout, and stomp our feet.
And yet…
We needn’t fear the silence.
It bestows its own unspoken blessings.
It is only in the silences that we are able to hear once again
that still small voice residing deep within.
It is only in the profound quiet that the deepest of yearnings of our heart
and the wisdom of our soul can make themselves fully known.
Silence speaks a message all its own.
We needn’t fear the silence.

We rebel at the prospect of solitude, we reach out, we grasp,
to assure ourselves that we are not alone.
And yet…
We needn’t fear the solitude.
It carries with it its own peace.
Alone with our essence, we perceive more clearly who we are.
Beyond the chatter of yesterday’s missteps and tomorrow’s challenges,
we know that we are whole.
Solitude assures us that we are, at our very core, good enough.
We needn’t fear the solitude.

The lessons learned in the dusk & the hush are not meant to remain in hiding.
We do not stay at rest forever.
From the dark and the shadow, from the silence and the solitude,
We carry our insight into the light
Nurtured and more fully aware
of the inner most working of our being
we carry this knowledge with us
back into the growing radiance

… when we are ready
… but until then
… we remain
… waiting to emerge.

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2 Responses to We Needn’t Fear the Darkness

  1. tlh215 says:

    To everything, turn, turn, turn…

    😉

  2. Wow, this is incredible.

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