The Last Night on the Longest Night

The final moments of light on the shortest day of the year. And now, we enter into a period of the Longest Night. As I jump back in the bike in a moment, I’ll crank up the Peter Mayer song, and sing to myself as I ride into the longest night. And the Joe Jencks and Mary Chapin Carpenter songs too.


I say this every solstice (Summer and Winter); as of today, the fix is in.

Just as the hottest weather isn’t in June, the coldest nights aren’t in December.

It doesn’t matter.

Summer is coming.

And just saying that gives me a little bit of hope.

It’s a ridiculous thing to say. Like lighting Advent candles of hope, peace, love and joy.
Like raising and Christmas Eve candle against the darkness.
Like any given day under our current President.
Like the end new Star Wars movie. (See what I did there?)

It looks like all is dark. Like hope is gone. You *know* the most bitter of the cold is still ahead.

But the fix is in.
Light is coming.
Warm is coming.
Summer is coming.

Hope lives in winter.

“Maybe light itself is born…on the longest night,” Peter Mayer sings.

And as I ride into tonight’s darkness, and as you enter into your’s, I make this answer in Hope…

“Yes. Yes it is…”


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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of The Woods United Methodist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. For seventeen years, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas, Texas. Eric is an avid blogger and published author. Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy.

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