Christmas Eve

So it's Christmas Eve, carols are wafting from the radio and an air of quiet expectancy pervades the house. This is just one last post (which I know some of you might not read until after Christmas) to wish everyone a happy, blessed and restful Christmas, filled with the radiance of Christ - and the joyful surprise of encountering him in new and unexpected places and situations.

I will just share two things which came into my Facebook feed today. The first is this charming video from Oxford University and the Ashmolean Museum. It makes me think I should visit it more often in 2016, if only to find some of the artefacts featured here. I'd like to find those carvings that didn't have time for fun, as well as all the playful ones that did, and the wild animals who apologised to each other. And if you have no idea what on earth I'm talking about, just click on the link below and enjoy a few minutes of gentle fun and creativity.

And the other is a prayer attributed to Frank Borman, Apollo 8 space mission, 1968 - a prayer as relevant and necessary today as it was back then. It is something we can pray for ourselves and our world, today and into 2016...
Give us, O God, the vision which can see Your love in the world in spite of human failure.
Give us the faith to trust Your goodness in spite of our ignorance and weakness....
Give us the knowledge that we may continue to pray with understanding hearts.
And show us what each one of us can do to set forward the coming of the day of universal peace.