St James’ Christmas Service
A Christmas Heart
“Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart, that thinks of others first. At Christmas it is a time when we should try to pour into the world the healing medicine of love, which has the power to transform all manner of hearts. Underneath all those bulging bundles around the tree is this beating Christmas heart.”
At King Edward’s we strive to think of others first, not only for Christmas, but all year through: the joy that you give to others is a joy that will be returned to you. The more you spend in blessing the poor, the lonely, and the sad, then the more of your heart will be fulfilled. Scientific research into happiness using the modern technology of brain or MRI scanners can now prove that giving has a positive effect on our health and mental wellbeing.
This year many of you have undertaken great works of charity, both in our school and in our wider community; or have shown great leadership in Drama, Music, CCF, Sport, Prefecting and many other aspects of School life. It seems particularly fitting at this point to say congratulations and thank you to all of the work and effort that has gone in to collecting for charity this year and especially the new initiative around collecting for the Louth foodbank.
It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t also take the time to stop, reflect and be grateful to the staff for all of their efforts; without them going the extra mile many of these events would never occur.
This year is the 175th anniversary of the publication of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. As our family tradition dictates we will be watching the highly intellectual version of it: A Muppet Christmas Carol. Dickens aim was to write about the impact of poverty and the life of the poor and he is often cited as being the person who gave us the modern version of Christmas that we all enjoy today.
His central message was about the idea of having a Christmas spirit and as we reflect on this year and look ahead to the next our values as a school essentially mean that we should aim to have a “Christmas Heart and this Christmas spirit” all year round. Quite simply that means: think of others first, support those in need, forgive your enemy, tolerate your opponent, give your heart to a friend, and to everyone else be charitable.
I would hope that we Ludensians from King Edward’s will live up to that famous final passage from A Christmas Carol
“And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!”
Merry Christmas to one and all.