How does a Christian celebrate the Summer Solstice?

sunrise3Today, June 21, is Midsummer’s Day, or the Summer Solstice.  For some, it conjures up images of modern-day Druids chanting at the sunrise in the middle of Stonehenge.  For others, it may remind them of the Shakespearean fairy comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.  Some Christians celebrate it as an eve of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, who was thought to be born six months before Jesus.  Perhaps, it might be a good time to celebrate the blessing of God in Creation, “And God made the two great lights, the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; he made the stars also.” (Genesis 1:16).  Midsummer is when, for the northern hemisphere, the earth tilts toward the sun, and the days are longer than the nights.  “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 15)  Or perhaps celebrate it as an anticipation of what is to come, “And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lam is the Lamb.” (Rev. 21:23)

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