A Cracker Christmas

Wilsons_2013 Posted by Rory Wilson on Mon, 29 Dec 2008 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

When on call on Christmas eve I was reminded of the tales reported in the press several years ago of mothers in large department stores fighting over Buzz Lightyear toys in the run up to Christmas, as they were desperate to have it to supply to their darling children on Christmas day.

Two men live in a village neighbouring Kiwoko. After a few bottles of locally brewed spirit, they went to buy their pork for Christmas day. Reaching the butcher, they found that there was not enough for both of them, so they settled the matter between themselves – and unfortunately used the large butcher’s knives on each other for good measure.

A strange way to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace some might say, but then others might say that spending hundreds of pounds to celebrate while so many die for lack of clean water is equally contradictory.

Certainly our friends’ festive frolicks cost them a few nights in hospital, and their families spent Christmas day without their fathers, never mind the pork roast.

Consequences of our actions can be difficult for all of us to see clearly.

In Uganda, planning for the future isn’t practiced excessively, and so the consequences of taking a carving knife to ones friend’s chest and head are often not fully weighed before time. Thankfully this time a Christmas without meat and dad’s presence seem to be the ultimate extent of the consequences, but one or both of them being dead, or in prison could have just as easily been the outcome.

It is easy to be critical of such reckless activity, and lack of forward sightedness.
A local preacher did remind me last week how when I point a finger at you I point three back at myself.

We are good at planning for tomorrow in the riches of Europe and North America, however most of my Ugandan friends seem better at planning for eternity. While there certainly are many good reasons to be confused about spiritual maters, continually putting off decisions and actions means that in Uganda many more have prepared in one way or another for the life hereafter than is the case in the Europe of 2009. It is rather ironic that where many are busy (quite reasonably) planning for tomorrow the numbers of people prepared in some way for the long term future is dramatically less.

Not that I am a master of organisation in any capacity, but if you happen to find yourself reading this, just as I have been challenged afresh let me encourage you to enjoy the present, but also prepare not just for tomorrow or next week, but also for how you will spend your life after our brief time here on earth is complete…..and don’t attack your friend with a carving knife over pork, or at least not unless its really tasty pork.

And for all that I hope that you had a happy Christmas and 2009 brings you lots of good things.
Married life is a great thing in Kiwoko, and while sad at our impending return to the UK in 8 weeks, it will be good to catch up with many good friends and relatives before our return here later in the year.

Love to all


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