There’s a great story at the BBC News website about people queuing for 32 hours to get in to the Chapel at King’s College Cambridge for the Christmas Carol Service. I’m not a Christian but I love Christmas Carols and we sang them at school every year but at my kids’ School you’ll be lucky to hear one Christmas Carol. It’s that ethos of we don’t want to offend other faiths! I’m a Sikh and I sang them and enjoyed doing it even if “Christ” was never “My Lord” and it never turned me away from my faith. I love the Hope and Sense of a New Beginning in them, the proclamation of something quite amazing in such humble surroundings, an event which was to change the World!
There’s a great quote from the Bible which I really like from the Book of Ruth which says
Entreat me not to leave you or to return from following you; for where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God; where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD do so to me and more also if even death parts me from you.
The important part for me is the “…your people shall be my people, and your God my God…”!