Thursday, 24 December 2009


Blessed art thou,

O Christmas Christ,

that thy cradle was so low

that shepherds poorest and simplest of earthly folk,

could yet kneel beside it,

and look level-eyed into the face of God.

From Bread of Tomorrow - Janet Morley/Christian Aid


tom donald said...

A very Merry Christmas to you Roy...
Just a quick thought about Christmas; people go on about the "true meaning" of the festival, well I know what the true meaning of it is for me, because a few years ago I spent it alone, my marriage had broken down, and I thought it was best that my wee daughter should spend the day with her mum and big sisters. It was... agony actually. I became intensely aware that Christmas is primarily a festival of family, where we each become intensely aware of the bonds of love that give us meaning. I must say it was a bit of a revelation, I'd been getting increasingly doubtful about the value of the super-commercial, sentimental season, but for me now all of that is completely trivial. The important thing is that we should be with people who we can love and be loved by. I love Christmas!
A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, and your family, and your friends!
(your atheist pal)

Roy said...

... and to you too Tom.

The thing about 'true meaning' talk is it all too quickly becomes a competition. To me Christmas is about something gracious which is not in competition.

So, enjoy! Have a lovely time with all your special people....

Catch up soon.

The lapsed atheist :)

Anonymous said...

Belated merry christmas to you Roy and a Happy new year.

from John (ex-pentecostal and ex-charismatic movement)