Happy Perihelion Day!

If I had been paying attention, I would have posted this last Wednesday, January 4, when Perihelion Day actually occurred. What is Perihelion Day? The day the Earth is closest to the sun. (OK, it’s not a named day, but don’t you think it should be?)

That’s right, if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, that day the Earth is closest to the sun comes in winter. You know, the season of Frosty the Snowman and seasonal affective disorder. That means the antihelion, the day the Earth is farthest from the sun, comes in summer, in July.

Sidenote: No, this doesn’t explain seasons. The Earth’s tilt on its axis explains seasons.

In December, I read a lot of posts about the solstice. Winter … dark. But what I didn’t know was that just a few days later, winter would mean … sun. Not necessarily light. Not yet.

Life can look very dark and cold. That doesn’t necessarily mean we’re far from the sun. We might be closer than ever.

Unless, of course, you live in the Southern Hemisphere. Then this little analogy is completely worthless.


  1. Love this. Most especially the last line. Yes, that about sums up so much of life. Sometimes the analogy fits and sometimes it is worthless. This one, however, was not worthless to me. Thanks for it.

  2. *love*

    as mild as this winter has been, I have been wondering if we haven’t tipped even closer this year.

    In that first book club I led for the High Calling–the Wisdom of the Wilderness by Gerald May–the author said that sometimes when it seems like we can’t feel Jesus that maybe it’s because He is TOO close. You know, kind of like the way our vision gets all wacky when things are put right in front of our eyes.

    I’ve been thinking about that ever since. And it seems that always–in hindsight–it proves to be true.

  3. “Life can look very dark and cold. That doesn’t necessarily mean we’re far from the sun. We might be closer than ever.”

    And now I have to go look up May’s book.

  4. Only you, Megan. 😉

    And I’m with Diana. I love that last line most of all.

  5. Well. I never knew that!

    Very cool. As is the writing and thinking in this post.

  6. Thanks–I needed that today.

  7. Love this, Megan. 🙂 And love you!