In silent stillness lay

Christmas is, and always has been, a magicial time at The Cridge Centre for the Family. Back in the days of The BC Protestant Orphans' Home, children who lived here remember "Christmas was a big event. There were many special times during this season of the year … for deprived children, it was an unbelievably happy time…"

And so it is today, for many of our clients, that Christmas is both a busy and a happy time. Sometimes, though, that busy-ness can become a distraction from what we're really here for. 

This afternoon, as I sat at my desk busily clearing the way for my own time off over Christmas, I heard a sound that put me in mind of the angels that sang in Bethlehem. It was the choir from Saint Patrick's School, who had come to sing for our seniors. Beautiful young voices in harmony singing classic carols as well as a few Christmas songs slowed the whole world down momentarily. 

The children were followed by a handbell choir comprised of eight of our senior residents. They've been practicing all year to share their own Christmas songs with the residents and staff, and they played beautifully. A colleague waved to me from where I was taking pictures, and was going to rush off again, when I urged her to wait and listen to the handbell choirs last song. 

Sitting and listening – tt's one of the most rewarding activities of Christmas. In all the shopping and baking, the decorating and the bustle we can so easily forget, "The world in silent stillness lay to hear the angels sing." May you find silent moments this Christmas, moments filled with peace, with love, and with gratitude.