Thursday, 25 December 2008

May you have a blessed and merry Christmas!

From me and my family to you and yours:
May your Christfeast be blessed beyond words. May peace love and joy fill your heart. And may you experience Jesus' love today and always.

Blessings from Africa.

I am leaving you with the words of a truly South African Christmas Carol, wrote during the uncertain times of violence and transition in our country. I wish I could play you the tune, but the words will have to suffice: (Original Afrikaans words in normal text, translation in Italics)

Somerkersfees Summer Christmas
1. Welkom, o stille nag van vrede,/ Welcome o Silents night of peace,
onder die suiderkruis,/ under the southern cross,
Wyl stemme uit die ou verlede oor sterrevelde ruis. /While voices from the past whisper over starfilled fields
Kersfees kom, Kersfees kom –/ Christmas is near, Christmas is near
Gee aan God die eer./ Glory to the lord
Skenk ons ‘n helder/ Give us a bright
Somer-kersfees/ Summer Christmas
In hierdie land, o Heer. / In this country, o Lord.

2. Hoor jy hoe sag die klokke beier in eeue-oue taal./Do you hear the bells ringing in an ages old language
Kyk, selfs die nagtelike swye vertel die ou verhaal./ Even the silence of the night tells the old old storey
Kersfees kom, Kersfees kom –/ Christmas is near, Christmas is near
Gee aan God die eer./ Glory to the lord
Skenk ons ‘n helder/ Give us a bright
Somer-kersfees/ Summer Christmas
In hierdie land, o Heer. / In this country, o Lord.

3. Voel jy ook nou Sy warm liefde as ons die dag gedenk, /Do you feel His warm love as we remember this day
Toe Hy sy Seun aan ons gegee hetons grootste Kersgeskenk. / When He gave us His son - our biggest Christmas present
Christus kom, Christus kom – / Chirst is comming, Christ is comming
Skenk ons ‘n helder/ Give us a bright
Somer-kersfees/ Summer Christmas
In hierdie land, o Heer. / In this country, o Lord.

Gese├źnde Kersfees/ Blessings for Christmas

4 comments:

  1. I hope that you and your family had a wonderful Christmas.

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  2. Great family photo! Hope you had a Great Christmas!

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  3. I have only found your blog now. I have qwite a bit of catching up to do. Thank you i will be reading your blog.

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  4. How did I miss this?? What a GREAT picture!! :) Merry Christmas (a little late *blush*)

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