The longest night has just passed.
Did you feel it?
We did, we kept noticing the time, thinking that it should be much later than it was in reality. The evening wore on with cookies baking, gift baskets being stuffed, and herbed salts, salamoia bolognese, being prepared. It was a quiet night, the rain that had poured from the heavens all the previous night and this day ceased just long enough for a few rays of sunshine to grace the landscapes before the dark crept over us. It was not a darkness to be feared, but one that encouraged rest.
From here on out, the days will gradually grow longer and eventually bringing warmth but definitely bringing life refreshed. Below the ground, the Narcissus bulbs are beginning to stir- soon little green spears will pierce the ground followed by buds that will one day show us their beautiful white and yellow faces. Those are some of my favorite flowers because they tell me, “Cheer Up, spring is just around the corner.”
I always find parallels to life in my garden. In life, we will walk through the longest nights, but spring will come.
“For his anger endures but for a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5