After church a few of us headed down the marina for coffee and fellowship. Still convinced we can use this cosy little space shown just here for a church service one day - I am sure it was made for us!!!
Church today in Nicosia. Probably the only church in Europe to be doing an outdoor service in January?
Today is a good time to remember a special event 100 years ago, when in the midst of one of the great times of wholesale death and death, the Great War of 1914-1918, a special note of Christmas hope and peace resounded even until today. The Christmas Truce of 1914.
War is not glorious. It is horrific. People die. The Great War was probably the worst, as 16 million soldiers and civilians died.
However even in the midst of greatest tragedy the love of Christmas can still shine! Let us too shed a little light of love.
The Man He Killed
By Thomas Hardy
Had he and I but met
By some old ancient inn,
We should have sat us down to wet
Right many a nipperkin!
But ranged as infantry,
And staring face to face,
I shot at him as he at me,
And killed him in his place.
I shot him dead because --
Because he was my foe,
Just so: my foe of course he was;
That's clear enough; although
He thought he'd 'list, perhaps,
Off-hand like — just as I --
Was out of work — had sold his traps --
No other reason why.
Yes; quaint and curious war is!
You shoot a fellow down
You'd treat if met where any bar is,
Or help to half-a-crown.
A lovely concise version of the nativity story in just over 15 minutes. As watched by us in our last Sunday service. Bringing us back to the true meaning of Christmas!!! Merry Christmas!