Tuesday 23rd December 2014
What is your favourite Christmas carol? What do you find yourself humming to yourself? Which ‘musac’ turns your smile into a frown as you hear it for the umpteenth time around town?
A close friend of mine who died recently always wanted to sing ‘Christian Awake, salute the happy morn’, at Midnight Mass. I would tell him, I preferred to sing it when folk were actually out of bed and it was morning. It traditionally sung by the Huddersfield Choral Society before their seasonable rendition of ‘Handel’s Messiah’. The hymn book version though has six long verses to tackle. My friend had to make do with three verses!
My favourite words though are from the carol ‘In the Bleak Mid-Winter’.
“What can I give Him poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb.
If I were a wise man I would do my part.
But what can I give him – Give my heart!”
Amongst the last minute madness, just ask what is life about, what would God want of you? Giving something of real substance to another. You always know when you have tasted the real gift for someone.
Rev’d Canon Simon Moor, Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church