This has been another fascinating year in the life of the Paddy Leigh Fermor blog and I have enjoyed every moment. There have been many highlights. Artemis Cooper’s wonderful biography exceeded expectations, and for 2013 we have the news that Vol Three will be published and is to be called the Broken Road.
I think the dominant theme for the first few months of next year will be the house at Kardamyli. There is a groundswell of opinion about doing something to ensure that the fabric of the house is not only maintained, but that real progress can be made towards Paddy’s dream of a writers retreat. The Benaki is facing cutback after cutback. It seems to me that we will all have to help in some way or another.
But that is for another time. Now is the time to reflect on the year that has passed and the year ahead. Also to celebrate, if that is your faith, the birth of Christ. We all love Paddy’s words but I doubt that many would disagree that the introduction to Saint John’s Gospel in the King James Bible is perhaps the most beautiful in the whole of the English language.
Peace be with you and those you love this Christmas time.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.