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 +====== A Different Christmas Story ======
 +**Fr. Geoff'​s Page:​**\\ ​
 +A Different Christmas Story: One We Can All Learn From:       
 +Ian came home from work late in the week before Christmas, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the front door. '​Daddy,​ may I ask you a question?'​ said Jack.   '​Yes sure, what it is?' replied Ian rather brusquely. ​  '​Daddy,​ how much do you earn in an hour?' ​   '​That'​s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?'​ Ian responded angrily. ​  '​I just need to know. Please tell me, how much do you earn in an hour? ' pleaded Jack.   '​If you must know, Jack, I make £25 an hour,' answered his father. ​  '​Oh,'​ the Jack replied, with his head down.    '​Daddy,​ may I please borrow £10?' added Jack nervously. ​     Ian became was furious, 'If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy for Christmas or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I don't work hard every day for such childish frivolities.' ​  
 +Jack quietly went to his room and shut the door. Ian sat down and started to get even angrier about Jack's questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money? After about an hour or so, Ian had calmed down , and started to think. Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that £10 and he really didn't ask for money very often. ​  
 +The man went to the door of his son's room and opened the door. 'Are you asleep, son?' Ian asked quietly. ​  '​No daddy, I'm awake,'​ replied Jack.    '​I'​ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier,'​ said Ian. '​It'​s been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the £10 you asked for.' ​  Jack sat straight up, smiling. 'Oh, thank you daddy,'​ he cried. Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up notes. ​  Ian saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. ​   The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father with his large brown eyes. 'Why do you want more money if you already have some?' Ian grumbled. '​Because I didn't have enough, but now I do,' the little boy replied. '​Daddy,​ I have £25 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early on Christmas Eve so I can to have dinner with you.' Ian was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness. ​
 +It's just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts.
 +===== A Sobering Thought =====
 +As we stood at our Remembrance Sunday services/​parades,​ a soldier from the Royal Irish Regiment, was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
 +===== Bible Reading Notes, 2011 =====
 +**By Mary Rawstorne** \\ 
 +I am ordering a number of New Daylight for 2011 and wonder if there is anyone who would like to add their name to the list? New Daylight is a small booklet of daily Bible readings with a commentary by a series of contributors from many different compass points of Christian experience and practice. ​  I have back numbers of New Daylight (and of a alternative series called Every Day with Jesus by Selwyn Hughes) - if anyone would like to borrow them before deciding to order them for a year.   New Daylight comes out three times a year and through the Minster we are able to buy them for £10 26 (last year’s price) about 10% off the shop price- and delivered to your door!
 +While on the subject of Bible reading, I have been very impressed by the author and Jesus scholar Marcus J Borg (‘ Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time’ and others). Writing on literalism (  in the context of the language used in the Bible, the liturgy of the church and hymns sung in church) he wonders: ‘If a church isn’t explicit about not understanding Christian language literally, most newcomers will assume that it is. How do we deal with this? PERHAPS (Borg’s capitals!) a statement in the church bulletin like the following:
 +“Being a Christian involves being shaped by the language of the Christian tradition, including the Bible as the foundation of the tradition. Some in this church – (or in our case-churches)-understand Christian language quite literally and factually. Others understand it symbolically and metaphorically. What we share is a common passion for the more- than-literal meaning of the stories and teachings that shape us.”
 +What do you think? Do you think it matters very much? Or not at all?
 +**Mary Rawstorne 01460  52512**
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