Closing on the shortest day

15 December today – We are just a few days from the shortest day of the year. In the Northern hemisphere the sun will rise at its latest and set at its earliest. The darkness is unwelcome. Darkness is not and has never been my smiling friend and it is not my old friend. It obscures our vision. Sometimes it is good to have our sight obscured by darkness, because when we stumble in darkness we shall be better prepared to walk in the light where we may also stumble and take the wrong path.