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.

Coming Alive and Fostering Hope


Submitted by Board Member, the Rev. Tanya Trzeciak

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs;
ask yourself what makes you come alive.
And then go and do that.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

~Harold Whitman

I came across this saying while searching for something entirely different.  Coincidence?  Like my favorite television character always tells his team, I don’t believe in coincidences.

I don’t think we have to ask ourselves what the world, our country, or our neighborhood needs.  We already have a good idea.  The question should be ”what are we going to do about it?” We just celebrated the official beginning of spring and along with that occasion our thoughts turned to warmer days, trees bursting into flower and leaf, flowers pushing up through the brown earth and more birds singing outside our windows.  With spring always comes the promise of beauty and peace…hope of better things to come.

The political climate doesn’t look as if there is a bright, beautiful future for many of country but we have to foster hope.  Hope that we can stay alive and become more observant and involved in what is happening around us.  As pagans we believe in cycles…the Wheel of the Year, the cycles of life, death and life and the cycle of darkness and light.  We may be in the winter of despair but like the coming of spring after the darkness of winter, there is hope and light.  We must keep the light alive.  We must come alive and resist the darkness. What makes you come alive? What gives you hope?