Wednesday, December 24, 2014

It's Christmas Eve Again or Finally

The words and tune of a 1971 song have been rattling around in my head for the past day or so. It is a John Lennon song written during the height of the Vietnam anti-war, peace movement. The song is titled, And So This is Christmas. It has been covered by many artists including Celine Dion, although I like the original Lennon version, too.






And 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 one 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 
And so this is christmas for weak and for strong 
the rich and the poor ones the world is so wrong 
and so happy christmas for black and for white 
for the yellow and the red ones let's stop all the fight 
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 and a new one just begun 
and so happy christmas I hope you have fun 
the near and the dear one 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


I think what has grabbed my attention is how the words are ringing so true this year. We are in a torn world where wars are rampant internationally and there is tension here in America between the police and citizens. If I let myself--I might think everything is bad.

But--it is Christmas. And my prayer is for peace, protection, love, healing and helping. We can give these gifts to each other.

God bless you and protect you.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD
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