I love this time of year. Three of my favorite holidays are found in these final months of the calendar year:
Halloween, the best holiday, with its opportunity to be a light in the darkness and to remember our mortality;
Thanksgiving, a pretty good holiday, with its opportunity to remember to be thankful for all that we have and those that we love;
The Return to Standard Time!
It’s the best!
Wake up with the sun, drive home from work in the dark, feel like it’s 11pm when it’s really only 7:43pm, so you feel really good and middle-aged…
A lot of people really hate Standard Time (I’m not one of them), but most of us agree that switching times is not ideal.
I could talk at great length about how…foolish?…it is to switch to and from Daylight “Saving” Time. See me in person for that monologue.
It seems like, in these dark days when the weather turns colder, that we look forward to happier, brighter, warmer times. We have a winter holiday of light right when the days are shortest and the nights are longest. We long for better, or at least brighter, days.
But we are not called to better or brighter days, at least right now. We live, always, right now. We can dream of future spring breaks or past summers on a beach, but right now, we walk in darkness, in dreariness, with the company of others walking in darkness and dreariness. Right now might not be our most ideal time, literally or metaphorically, but this is the time we are called to live in.
So as we walk together through dank, dark days, may we be really present, not avoiding, but embracing, what is. For it is only in the present moment that we can join God, only right now that we can participate in sharing in Love.
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.