Spirit of Life, Source of all Being:
We stand on the edge of the Summer Solstice,
the longest day of the year,
the time when the earth’s tilt brings us
closest to the sun.
It is the time of most promise,
the most lush growth—
and yet also the time
when daylight begins receding.
Both at once,
both splendor and loss at once.
This is how it is here
on this beautiful blue-green ball
hurtling through the vastness of space.
There is great joy here.
There is terrible pain here.
And with it all,
there are moments
of illumination and grace.
May we be thankful for all of it
for in better and in worse
this is where we belong.
Here on Earth is where we belong.