Thursday, 24 December 2015

Merry Christmas

If someone was to ask me what my favourite 

childhood book had been I would tell them it was 

"Hurlbut's Story of the Bible" by the Rev. J. Hurlbut.

Hurlbut strikes me as an amusing name now but in 

1959 in my part of the world the sound of the word 

'but' didn't conjure up pictures of bare bottoms - it 

was still just a conjunction.

Anyway I read those Bible stories over and over and 


And I still love them. 

I especially love the story of a baby who brings 

hope to a weary world and is born of a virgin mother 

on the winter solstice and is visited by angels,

shepherds and wise men who were led 

by a Star.

It just doesn't get much better than that.

And so with my own heart full of hope I wish 

everyone joy and peace this Christmas season.


  1. Wishing you much holiday joy, Francie! I love the Christmas Story too. Its message that the Divine manifests itself in the humblest and most vulnerable form possible is truly profound and, yes, earth-shaking.

  2. Merry Christmas, Francie. This is also a favourite story of mine. No matter whether you are religious or not, the message is beautiful and inspiring. And its message of unconditional life and eternal hope is exactly what humanity needs.

    1. I meant to write *love*...and I haven't even had any eggnog :)