On this day, the Eleventh Day of the Season of Christmas (part of the Twelve Days 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.” 
The Piper of Loos was “under fire.”
We all have experienced being ‘under fire’ in some way, at some time, in our life. 
Surely the last two years with the pandemic experience the world has been “under fire.”  That’s not all though.

Many have been “under fire” battling physical fires because of climate change, electrical storms, arsonists or … 

Many continue to be “under fire” struggling with 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 “under fire” experiences of “ism’s”: racism …  sexism … classism … ableism … anti-semitism … ageism … heterosexism.  And the list goes on.

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.  Courage is attainable.

Let the piping begin!

Happy Eleventh Day of Christmas!

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The Soulistry Christmas series is posted along with other Soulistry reflections as 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.   🙂

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