I am grateful on this day,
Tuesday, 21st December 2010,
Today is the shortest day of the year,
a very special day for us in the northern hemisphere,
as we are at the furthermost point of the earth's journey around the sun.
This is particularly poignant as we are experiencing severe freezing temperatures here in Britain.
No wonder the ancients had reverence for this day onward,
their gloominess having descended like the sun itself,
falling lower and lower on the horizon.
Then being replaced by elation as the sun began to climb again and recover.
No wonder they marked these days
by joyful celebrations in anticipation of increasing light and warmth!