Saturday, December 23, 2006

A Good Book

Turning over stuff in a box of old decorations and other ghosts from Christmas's past, found this programme cover from a Candlelight Service, long ago and far away.

A night of carols and noels, of Bach and Brahms, Hadler and Grundman.

One of my infants sang a solo that night.

One of those moments when when the coughs and shuffles ceased and the shadows in the darkened church leaned forward to listen.

A pure sweet voice rising clear and true above the shimmering candles.

Re-telling an old tale, a familiar story to a hushed and silent throng.

I think it was C.S. Lewis who said in the Narnia series, of the stable at Bethlehem, the inside was larger than the outside.

That is the purpose of a book.


Ric said...

What a beautiful moment in time captured just perfectly.

Carla said...

"the shadows in the darkened church leaned forward to listen"
What a beautiful line.

I have the same feeling when the solo chorister sings the first verse of 'Once in Royal David's City' at the King's College Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols every Christmas Eve.

Yes, it was CS Lewis - in The Last Battle, I think.

Have a very happy Christmas, and best wishes for the New Year to you and yours.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Ric.
At such times a parent may take liberties with the line "What Child is this?"

Thank you, Carla.
All comfort and joy to you.

A toil of grace. I cannot imagine Christmastide without song.

MissWrite said...

Beautiful sentiments, Bernita, and a beautiful memory too.

raine said...

A beautiful description of a moment in time, Bernita.
And ohhh, to be able to write such a book...

Bonnie Calhoun said...

A beautiful memory.

Merry Christmas, my dear friend!

Bernita said...

Indeed it is a cherished memory, Tami. Thank you.

Thank you, Raine.
Think most books are, some are just larger than others.

And all joy to you this Yule, Dearest Bonnie.

Marie said...

What a beautiful memory, Bernita.

A very happy Christmas and best wishes for 2007 to you and your loved ones.

kmfrontain said...

I would love to visit your attic, Bernita. :D

Bernita said...

Thank you so much, sweet Marie.

Eh, Karen. There's an old Singer sewing machine, some trunks and picture frames, piles of National Geographic, a bird cage and a doll house,a record cabinet and turn table, some old uniforms, shelves of kid's books and toys...

Robyn said...


Merry Christmas.

M.E Ellis said...

Doing my last round of blogs before yuletide descends.

Merry Christmas, my friend.


Bernita said...

Thank you, Robyn, Michelle.
A joyous Christmas to you and yours.

spyscribbler said...

...the inside was larger than the outside. That is the purpose of a book.

See, now, that just gave me chills! Thank you!

Happy holidays to you, Bernita!

IM Cupnjava said...

Wow, Bernita, that was beautiful!

Bernita said...

Thank you, Spy, IM.
Happy Yule!

Jeff said...

Thanks for sharing a beautiful memory.
Merry Christmas, Bernita!