so, this is Christmas*

  • So this is Christmas and what have you done,

    Another year over, a new one just begun.

  • And so this is Christmas, I hope you have fun,

    The near and the dear ones, the old and the young.

  • A very merry Christmas and a happy New Year

    Let’s hope it’s a good one without any fears.

  • And so this is Christmas for weak and for strong,

    The rich and the poor ones, the road is so long.

  • And so happy Christmas for black and for white

    For the yellow and red ones let’s stop all the fights.

  • A very merry Christmas and a happy New Year

    Let’s hope it’s a good one without any fear.

  • And so this is Christmas and what have we done

    Another year over, a new one just begun.

  • And so happy Christmas we hope you have fun

    The near and the dear ones, the old and the young.

  • A very merry Christmas and a happy New Year

    Let’s hope it’s a good one without any fear.

  • War is over if you want it, war is over now.

  • John Lennon

It’s almost 2:30 am on Christmas morning.

John Lennon’s “So, This is Christmas” is running through my mind, but not only at Christmas. I find myself changing “Another year over, a new one just begun” to “Another war over, a new one just begun.”

When the media reports of a new hot spot, a bloody conflict with the death toll yet to rise; the continuation of an existing one where civilians pay the price for anger, for hatred, for face-less death and violence; the flames flared on the ashes of an old one where no-one is your friend; anyone could be your enemy.

The Christmas song “Do You Hear What I Hear,” written in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis includes the line: “Pray for peace, people everywhere.”

Maybe, within, the context of our own spirituality, we all prayed for peace now and into 2015, (peace in civil, rebellions, revolts, terrorist, territorial, political, religious wars) I could remember the real Lennon lyrics: “war is over if you want it, war is over now,” rather than “Another war over, a new one just begun.”

Let there be peace on earth. At Christmas. And forever.

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace . . .
. . . Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world
John Lennon: Imagine

 

 

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15 thoughts on “so, this is Christmas*

  1. wendy December 27, 2014 / 3:46 pm

    This is so beautiful. Thoughts of peace have been going through my head in so many ways recently. On many levels. There is just so much hate in this world, I do not understand it. and so much ambivalence. Why? Why is there not more compassion and love…kindness?? Where are these feelings?
    I think….another year over, and what have I done?
    I look back at this year and I feel like it has been more than one year…it has been so much up and down.
    such a strange year.
    and ending on such an odd note.
    but with some hope.
    I have learned so much this year.
    through it all, no matter what, I have learned so much.
    and that will make next year easier I’m sure.
    :-)
    If I hadn’t learned so much from previous years this year would have been much harder.
    I realize that now.
    hmmmmm….
    peace to you my friend.
    Imagine….if everyone felt peace in their heart and shared it.

    a little compassion and kindness goes a long way.

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    • phylor December 28, 2014 / 4:08 pm

      I learned more from my students, I think, than they learned from me. Just as you learned more from previous years than you realized. It gave you the strength and the wisdom to make it through a very hard year.

      A little compassion and kindness goes a long way. And, we have to remember to give the same to ourselves.

      Namaste. Friend. Namaste.

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  2. phylor December 27, 2014 / 12:16 am

    I’m so sorry but I can’t find your amazing card! Ymail has eaten emails (both in and out). Can it be replicated or resent to phylorsblog@ymail.com? I hope so.

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  3. summerstommy2 December 25, 2014 / 7:53 am

    Those are very beautiful sentiments you express, I hope your year has been good for you and the new one full of expectations and hope.

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    • phylor December 26, 2014 / 11:08 pm

      Wishing you a good 2015. 2014 has been up and down; writing helps.

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      • summerstommy2 December 26, 2014 / 11:18 pm

        Hang in there with all us bloggers. I sent you a Christmas card by email but maybe I have the wrong email address for you.

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        • phylor December 26, 2014 / 11:39 pm

          it’s phylorsblog@ymail.com ( I do have others you might have used)
          Thanks for thinking of me and sending a card. I appreciate that!

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          • summerstommy2 December 26, 2014 / 11:41 pm

            That’s the one I used. If it didn’t find its way let me know.

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            • phylor December 26, 2014 / 11:47 pm

              Ymail and I don’t have a great relationship! I’ll see what I can find and let you know!

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                • phylor December 27, 2014 / 12:17 am

                  I’m so sorry but I can’t find your amazing card! Ymail has eaten emails (both in and out). Can it be replicated or resent to phylorsblog@ymail.com? I hope so.

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                    • phylor December 27, 2014 / 12:24 am

                      Thank you! I’ll be on the outlook! (oh dear, an email pun!)

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                  • summerstommy2 December 27, 2014 / 12:24 am

                    Resent. Should be delivered today 26th Dec your time.

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                    • phylor December 27, 2014 / 1:27 am

                      I sent you both a thank you reply card, and an email. Hope those arrive.
                      The card is amazing! Never seen an e-card like it. Could almost smell the roasting chestnuts!

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