The Wheel Turns and Light Grows Stronger

The Rev. Tanya Trezciak brings us words for contemplation:

The Wheel turns again and as the light grows stronger we reflect more deeply on our connection to the Earth.  Light and dark are a part of life but it is the light that brings us more joy and happiness. 

Many religions have holy days this time of the year that emphasize the Light.  It is the light that warms the Earth and will soon bring forth the life that has been resting within the soil.  We will soon see spring bulbs popping up through the soil even if there is still some snow on the ground.  This gives us hope. 

We cling to this hope for this is the lifeline of our lives and leads us into the future. 

We cling to the hope that the days will not only be brighter because of the sun’s warming rays but also to the hope that our lives will become brighter and better. 

We cling to the hope that our world will not stay dark and foreboding. 

Without this hope we could not survive. 

Religion offers us hope.  Even if we do not profess any specific religious affiliation our spirituality gives us the strength to move on and see the world as a brighter and more welcoming place if only because Mother Earth has given us the crocus pushing up through the snow. 

There is life and that life is good.  Celebrate life.

Gratitude: Changing Our Lives as Seasons Change

The Autumnal Equinox, which marked the movement from the long days of summer to the shorter days of the coming winter, has passed.  Now is the time to be thankful for the bounty that Mother Earth has provided and to rejoice in our freedom to practice our spirituality without fear. However, Mother Earth is responding to our neglect and the shirking of our responsibility to care for Her.  

We were made caretakers of the earth and have not lived up to that duty with disastrous results.  Climate change/global warming are producing rebellious actions by the planet…the elements of Air, Fire, Water, Earth are showing us that if we do not stop our destructive habits, Mother will stop providing the bounty that sustains us and all life. 

We need to do several things.  Look at our own lives and see what we can change to make things better.  Meditate to look deeply into our spiritual lives and discover how we can grow our beliefs to let the dimming light of the changing seasons not diminish the light within us.  Help others see that there is hope for our planet if we change our lives just as the seasons change. Remember that we need to respect one another and most of all respect our Mother.

—The Rev Tanya Trzeciak