Thought for the week

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I WON­DER where you stand on the con­tro­ver­sial ques­tion, when is the right time to put up a Christ­mas Tree? For some they would an­swer the ear­lier the bet­ter.

Christ­mas is a unique and fes­tive oc­ca­sion and they would wel­come spend­ing as much time as they can be­ing fes­tive. For oth­ers they would pre­fer it if dec­o­ra­tions went up on Christ­mas Eve and came down on Box­ing Day. The same ques­tion can be asked of

Christ­mas songs, buy­ing presents or putting the sprouts on to en­sure they’re soft enough for Christ­mas din­ner!

“Glory to God in the high­est, peace on earth and good­will to­ward men” is how the an­gels an­nounced the birth of Je­sus to a group of shep­herds. Re­peated each year in count­less na­tiv­ity plays, the phrase “peace on earth and good­will to­ward men” is a mes­sage that can be for­got­ten in

“Nu­clear power is clean and sus­tain­able, gen­er­at­ing zero emissions. It is the most ob­vi­ous way for­ward in terms of mak­ing our planet more ‘green’.

“We must aban­don this ridicu­lous idea that wind tur­bines are the best way to gen­er­ate power. the end­less amounts of tin­sel, baubles and songs like Slade’s ‘Merry Christ­mas ev­ery­one’ played on re­peat. Peace on earth and good­will to­wards ev­ery­body is a hope that many peo­ple have, and not just at Christ­mas time. But the very peace and good­will we seek can be lost in the dream of a per­fect Christ­mas. Peace and good­will is not in­evitable at Christ­mas, but it is pos­si­ble. The word good­will lit­er­ally means

Has not yet replied in­vi­ta­tion to com­ment. ‘good to oth­ers as a de­ci­sion of the will’ or in other words you can de­cide to make sure good things hap­pen to other peo­ple. The an­gel’s procla­ma­tion is a re­minder of what many of us want dur­ing this Christ­mas sea­son. I won­der if it is also a re­minder that we have con­trol over our peace and good­will that we demon­strate to those around us. Merry Christ­mas and happy new year!

Phil Lord

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