Sunday, 24 December 2017
This surely must be the most magical evening of the year. There is a stillness and a feeling of excitement and hope.
Many of us will be watching well loved films that are repeated at this time of year. 'Wonderful Life', 'Love Actually', 'The Grinch', we all will have our favourites. the message is the same whichever film you watch, the importance of love, of family and of friends, of the inherent goodness of mankind. In our hearts we all want to be loved, to love and to be wanted.
Anyone lucky enough to have small children around them will feel their hearts expand and swell as they participate in the wonderful joy of believing in Father Christmas, of preparing the table, of making special cakes, singing songs that make your feet tap, like good old 'Jingle Bells' or 'Rocking Around the Christmas tree.'
Here is my wish for you all, that you will have peace and love in your hearts and enjoy all the festivities with family and friends.
Here is a lovely poem by Laurence Housman (1865 - 1959) which is perfect for reflection on this wondrous eve and a few words from Charles Dickens
O perfect Love, surpassing sight
O Light beyond our ken,
Come down through all the world tonight,
And heal the hearts of men.
Nearer and closer to our hearts be the Christmas spirit, which is the spirit of active usefulness, perseverance, cheerful discharge of duty, kindness and forbearance.