“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the LORD rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
I dropped by Myers today to check if they had any Christmas decorations worth bothering with (and not ridiculously expensive) as I no longer can leech off my parents supply being married and all… While I was there I overhead a woman say to her friend.
“We gave the poor our other stuff, so now we’ve just got the good stuff out”.
Naturally, this evoked a kind of (righteous – which is perhaps over justified) indignation. I still went and bought the decorations in my hand.
I’ve been thinking quite a bit about how to treat Christmas this year and how to balance how I think I want to live – unbound by consumerism, which I do so incredibly poorly, and how I actually live – which is mostly as I always have.
How do you balance the giving of presents, because you love particular people and it’s part of Christmas, with giving where giving is more about life than about making people feeling good?
I like the idea of Advent Conspiracy, because of the principle of cutting back and yet giving more where it counts works. It’s not flawless though.
Surely you can’t truthfully have a parallel philosophy in wasting money on mostly useless stuff to give to your family and friends, and using money on something as key to life as water, health care, security, food.
Undoubtedly I am driven my selfishness, by the expectations around me, the traditions I love… because I am inconclusive about how to deal with it.
So for yet another year I will sit on this wobbly middle ground, which in reality is probably still closer to the bank I started on, just as far from the side I would idealisiticaly like to want myself.
It smells heavenly. I really wonder sometimes why I don’t do this more often.
Apologies to inflict yet another video on you, but last night Geoff, Laura, Tim S and I had the pleasure of seeing CW Stoneking. He currently sings… erm, callipso jazz and it certainly doesn’t sound like it should be coming out of this white aussie guy – although I can’t say he’s a typical specimen (Doesn’t that word make you cringe?). It was quite amazing. The crowd at Rubys was vastly colourful in age and in style.
Prior to Stoneking, was this guy, Brownbird Rudy Relic, whom when we saw listed on the blackboard outside- first thought was two bands, then one… and turned out to be this one guy. One that made up for about twenty. As someone described it – it was like Elvis on a chair. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone perform quite like it. I’ve also never seen anyone open their mouth quite that wide, or drink so much water in such a short time.
An excellent and very different night out.