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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS


It has been a weird and upsetting year for many. On the local and international front unexpected political changes have caused dismay and mistrust. Also the terrible situation in the Middle East, that supposed genesis of civilisation and the original home of someone who preached, "Love thy neighbour as thyself", shows no sign of abating.

So it is hard to wish everyone a "Happy Christmas", a phrase which trips lightly off the tongue. Let me just hope that yours will be peaceful and that as we enter yet another year, somehow, things will, gradually, resolve. That very Middle East was the originator of this phrase:

"This, too, shall pass
(Persian: این نیز بگذرد‎‎, īn nīz bogzarad; Arabic: لا شيء يدوم‎‎, lit. "nothing endures"; Hebrew: גם זה יעבור‎‎, gam zeh ya'avor)
it is an adage indicating that all material conditions, positive or negative, are temporary.

In this year, too, Leonard Cohen entered "The Tower of Song". I published this clip some years ago, but make no apologies for sharing it with you again. After all, shepherds are supposed to have heard angels singing "Hallelujah" on that first Christmas Day.

                         

7 comments:

Tom said...

How can I make comment for this post? I found it intensely moving, bur far beyond any words tehat I have. I wish you and yours, "Peace" at this time and for all time.

Avus said...

Tom:
Thank you. I hope Lucy and you have a calming time and that the new year may bring your decisions (re: change of abode) to a satisfactory conclusion.

gz said...

Its been an odd year. Lets live in hope for the next.
Just realized that you're located in Ashford....we visit occasionally as the Pirate still has family there,having been born in Hinxhill.....
Greetings to your daughter in Western Australia. I miss her blogging and photography.

Avus said...

Gwyneth:
Good to hear from you. I shall pass on your greetings to Susan in WA.

Zhoen said...

Hope your holidays were restorative and connected with people you love.

Kay Cooke said...

Hi Avus. Happy New Year. I am enjoying keeping up with your posts. I tend to use my website for updates etc now. I haven't missed Blogger, but still feel the need to reflect & to record in some way, and to have a base for my photographs. The website seems to work for that. All the best through 2017. It's got a 'batten down the hatches' feel about it somehow, even way down here in NZ. If you're interested, my website kaymckenziecooke.com

Avus said...

Zhoen:
Thanks for your good wishes.

Kay:
Good to hear from you, down in "Un Zud". I have made a note of your website address. All the Best