Posts Tagged ‘John & Yoko’

Saturday Single No. 218

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

“As Christmas morn is dawning,” the traditional carol begins (and after all these years I can still remember the Swedish words to the first verse, remnants of  childhood church services here on the East Side). And as the morn dawns, we are preparing for the brief drive – with my mother joining us – to my sister’s home, where we’ll dine well and exchange gifts, empty stockings and visit and do all the other things that come along with Christmas.

And we’ll do so in a world that sometimes gets it right and sometimes gets it wrong. I think the balance is in favor of “right” these days, even if only by a little. I do sometimes despair of our being able to shift that balance, worry about our ability to move – as it were – the weight of centuries as we do so. But then I think of Dr. King’s summation of the words of Thomas Parker: “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.”

And we must hope that is true.

The hard work of shifting that balance is something we meet every day, but the thought of it takes on greater resonance today, Christmas Day. I’m not preaching here but rather reminding myself as I write how much I still have to accomplish. And the time remaining to do so may be brief; there are no guarantees. That last awareness always lends an extra poignancy to today’s tune, the original version of “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” by John and Yoko/The Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir:

May your Christmas be bright and peaceful, and may the New Year bring us all joy.