It is Christmas Eve now and I am remembering when I was in Bethlehem in 2016. What a phenomenal place, the place Jesus was born, such a special place. It is a Palestinian territory, and has this gorgeous site it is believed to be the stable where Jesus was born. The actual stable you go down some stairs into this dark room underneath a cathedral (built centuries later of course) but the room is not elaborately adorned with shrines or anything, this is what I loved about it. It was peaceful and beautiful, as we entered I heard a baby crying kind of strange hey? Anyway, was lovely.
The town of Bethlehem had a special feeling about it for me. I am a Christian, so visiting here was significant.
But at this time when we celebrate Christmas, I hope that you all have a lovely peaceful time with your family and friends enjoying each other’s company. 🙂
Peace on earth and good will to all women, men and children!
“A day wasted on others is not wasted on one’s self.”
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
How good is this quote? And Charles Dickens is timely at Christmas I feel. 🙂 He was a good man. I am going to be reading this book these holidays! 🙂
This pic was taken in New York, on Wall Street right near the World Trade Centre memorial. An amazing fact about this church, (I did a walking tour here), though buildings (I believe at least 5 or more) fell around the world trade centre, this church did not have one window smashed. Everything was perfectly in tact. This was a phenomenal miracle. It was where the fire fighters sought refuge during and following the fall.
So I’m waiting in the woolies queue wondering where Christmas was this year, and this lady in front says she’ll pay for this dear old man’s groceries…he was confused and she paid and she was emotional and so was I! Kindness… Such a rare occurrence to see… He had had a fall and his wife had gone to a nursing home that morning… To really “see” someone else, to feel their pain and show kindness! Wow! The cashier was emotional as well – what a woman this lady was! It was just a simple act to show him someone cared.
I had to find her afterwards in another shop and I said God bless you, you made his Christmas and mine! She was emotional…saying she couldn’t do much for him but that one act of kindness, that was all she could see to do for him! Wow! That’s Christmas!
You start to think human beings are capable of so much evil towards each other, this touched me – when I see a person really “seeing” and caring for a beautiful old man who was bewildered at first and tried to pay and then just thanked her so much.