On this, the Eleventh Day of Christmas, the Pipers were piping! Were the pipers playing recorders? playing bagpipes? I’ve always imagined the pipers playing bagpipes … loud, rousing instruments whose sound makes a stirring statement.
Not all of us will be like Scottish Infantryman and bagpiper Daniel Laidlaw
who became known as the Piper of Loos in the Battle of Loos in 1915 in World War 1. When he was awarded the Victoria Cross medal for the courage he showed when facing battles, it was said that he was “an exemplar of grace and coolness under fire.”
Everyone faces some kind of battle at one or more times in their life – battles of … physical illness … mental illness … infections … broken relationships … poverty … disability … grief … misogyny … financial instability … addiction … broken relationships, religious intolerance … injustice … bigotry … jealousy … loss … “ism”: racism, sexism, classism, ableism, anti-semitism, ageism, heterosexism.
As this New Year unfolds, and an uncertain political environment continues, the Piper of Loos and the pipers of this day can offer encouragement to be “an exemplar of grace and coolness under fire” when we confront our battles. Let the piping begin!
Happy Eleventh Day of Christmas!
Christmas Day begins the Season of Christmas in the Christian tradition, offering a lovely stretch of time to reflect, enjoy, delight in, and consider how we can bring a little bit of Christmas into our life and the lives of others every day.
May the Twelve Days of Christmas be a reminder that Christmas isn’t just “one day”. The Spirit of Christmas can continue to be alive in hearts and lives every day – even beyond the Season of Christmas. With love, June
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In the spirit of gift-giving, I hope you will receive this Soulistry “Twelve Days of Christmas” blog series as gift, with much love. Comments on any Soulistry blog post (www.soulistry.com/blog) are always welcome. Thank you. June Maffin
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