Time to sign off and put the blog in the cupboard until the New Year when no doubt I’ll retrieve it and be putting finger(s) to keyboard once more, thus adding to the weight of html coursing through the blogosphere. Five and a half years on and I still love blogging ….. especially the contact, learning and fun that arises from the dialogue. I do Twitter but have not made it into the league of the Twitterati, nor wanted to; Quite like Facebook, but blogging is still where my heart is. Not that I’m turning into a Ludite (I hope), as I’m quite chuffed to have set up ‘Kindle’ on my phone today and grabbed a copy of NT Wright “Surprised by Hope!” to electronically ingest. (Talking of technology, if you haven’t caught up with Ronnie Corbet’s take on technology, have a look)
I know what your thinking though?*
If you like blogging so much, explain the last two weeks!
Well, truth is that Jo has not been so well which has kept me busy, but probably more than that I’ve really been missing my dad and have found it difficult to sit down and write. Odd things like it being the first Christmas I can ever remember where I haven’t gone to buy a packet of ‘Licqourice Allsorts’ for my dad have affected me deeply. Grief is an odd thing, it doesn’t pounce any more though, it just kind of arises somewhere as a small speck of sadness and expands gently until you become aware of it’s presence.
I am however thoroughly looking forward to Christmas with my immediate tribe, We have two Christmas trees up in our Lounge and I shall enjoy a dram or two of Malt with the mellow and cheerful light they create. The festivities will commence tomorrow with the annual showing of “Muppet Christmas Carol” and flow from there. I am going to especially enjoy the Midnight service which will feel really ‘right’ this year with snow laying round about, deep and crisp and even**
I wish you every blessing my fine friends for this most magical time of year.
Let wonder, love and hope reign supreme.
Descend to us, we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in
Be born to us today
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell
O come to us, abide with us
Our Lord Emmanuel “
* not really, that would be too weird
** at least the bits that aren’t black or worse, yellow