Time to buy Christmas cards - look to Amos Trust!
Well even for dozy old men like me, the time is coming to get Christmas cards as the celebration of God becoming flesh in Jesus Christ draws near. Anyhow I recommend these cards from the Amos Trust especially the Nicaraguan one. I do love its text;
A Christmas thought about Solentinam, Nicaragua
In the silence of Solentiname interpreted by bird song,
Where dignity was born from the womb of simplicity. where justice will come as the fruit of humanity, As justice once came in the birth in a manger.
Where daily survival arrives with creativity,
With painting on canvas an crafts full of colour,
by Elba Jimenez and Rosa Pineda.
Just as hope was the song sung by the angels,
And humble the way taken by magi
May we find the wayt to journey beside them,
One the road to justice - on the road to creativity,
Straight out of Bethlehem - the gift of simplicty,
With all the colour and all of the birdsong,
And all of the joy - born in Solentiname
Solentiname is the island home of a base community of artists created by the priest/poet Ernesto Cardenal. The picture on the cards comes from Rosa Pineda who works in the setting.
Gart Hewitt whose work is at the heart of the Amos Trust sings of this in his "Poets of Nicaragua on his Moonrise album which I fully recommend.
So go on. Celebrate Christmas with the voices of God's liberation!