On this day, the Eleventh Day of Christmas, the Pipers were piping! 

I was intrigued by the story of 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.

Interesting phrase: “under fire” .  We all have experienced being ‘under fire’ in some way, at some time in our life.  Surely last year, the pandemic was a global shared experience of being “under fire.”

There are actual physical fires many have been battling because of global warming or because of electrical storms or arsonists or …  But there but also  battles of fires of different kinds: … physical illness … mental illness … infections … broken relationships … poverty … disability … grief … misogyny … financial instability … addiction … broken relationships, religious intolerance … injustice … bigotry … jealousy … loss … and then there are the “ism’s”: racism, sexism, classism, ableism, anti-semitism, ageism, heterosexism.  And the list doesn’t end there.

As this New Year unfolds, and the uncertain, scary political environment and pandemic continue, may the Piper of Loos and pipers of this day offer encouragement to each of us to be “an exemplar of grace and coolness under fire” when we confront our battles.

Let the piping begin!

Happy Eleventh Day of Christmas!


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Christmas Day began 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 every day – even beyond the Season of Christmas.   🙂


© June Maffin