…and on earth peace

And goodwill towards all people.


I’m not known for my spirit of mellow fluffiness, but I concede to no one in my steadfast loyalty to plain common sense. Therefore, love as I have always had this particular sentence from the Christmas service, I’ve also often been discomfited by certain translations of it, which insist either that there be goodwill only amongst ‘men’, or that it rest exclusively with those that god ‘favours’.

Now, that’s a recipe for fractiousness if I ever heard one. (And living in India, I’ve heard plenty.) If there must be goodwill — and really, there absolutely must — then let us have it, unequivocally and without the slightest shadow of doubt, towards every kind of person there is. Let the point of goodwill not be defeated with silly clannishness. Amen.

Have a wonderful new year, everybody. Let us all be people we will have no qualms looking in the mirror at. Much love to you all ❤


One comment

  1. That’s really nice. I’ll add John Wesley’s quote along your line of blessings, “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” Thanks for including all of us, I’m sure the angelic chorus will concur; every day we can be somebody’s angel. I just hope that it warms up a bit in Calcutta with all this heart warming good cheer.


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