Summer solstice and the desire to worship the rising sunJune 21, 2019
June 21, summer solstice…today is the day, in the northern hemisphere, we have the most hours and minutes of daylight. For some, today is the day the sun never sets. For some, it is the day they gather to literally worship the sun. Whether or not it’s experientially summer where you live, today is the start of astronomical summer. There’s more light today than on any other day of the year. Now, how might you work the gift of more light into a conversation today? How might you introduce sun worships to the Son, who is rising from dead breaks the power of sin and darkness for all eternity?
It was into the void that God spoke and pierced the darkness with something called light. He dreamed it up and spoke it into reality. Before God thought of it and created it, there was no light.
Light is also one of the metaphors John uses to describe Jesus. With the advent of Christ, light pierced darkness again. He says of Jesus, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it.” He goes on to say of Jesus that he was the true light, coming into the world, enlightening everyone. He was the in the world and the world was made through Him, and yet, the world did not know him.” Why not? Because they loved the darkness and preferred to live in darkness where they imagined their sins would not be found out.
On this day when there is literally more light available than on any other day of the year in our hemisphere, people around you are still walking in darkness. As a follower of Jesus, you have the light of life. You are therefore a lightbearer – a shining star as Paul calls it – a beacon, a lamp post, a reflector of the light of Christ into the darkness in which your neighbors and co-workers now grope in fear. So, today, on this summer solstice when some will worship the sun – as you follow the true light, the Son of the living God, be a faithful witness in the spirit of John the Baptist of whom the scripture says, “there came a man sent from God. He came as a witness, to testify about the Light so that others might believe. He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.” That is our calling on this day of light – to bear witness to the True Light who has come and indeed, is coming again.