Bliadhna Mhath Ùr!

(The Feature Image is a Photo Collage of 2015 from Life on Tiree)

Happy New Year

On Hogmanay many of Edinburgh’s landmarks – the castle, Camera Obscura, Jenners and the statue of Queen Victoria on the Royal Scottish Academy – will all be lit up in blue. The climax of the world famous fireworks extravaganza will turn the city’s historic skyline blue. The aim is to highlight the plight of the children living in war-torn Syria to the 150,000 people who are expected to attend the new Year celebrations.

Elvis Presley sang:
I’ll have a Blue Christmas without you
I’ll be so blue just thinking about you
Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree
Won’t be the same dear, if you’re not here with me

As the crowds throng Edinburgh’s Princess Street in celebration, many in the country will be struggling to come to terms with the consequences of the devastating floods. Others will be coming to terms with the loss of employment and wondering how they are going to cope. Still others will be facing an uncertain future for a whole variety of reasons. There are occasions when I have chosen to say, “Peace to you” feeling that “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” would be inappropriate or insensitive.

Looking back over 2015, life on Tiree has had its joys and sorrows. There have been births, marriages and deaths. There have been amazing sunrises and sunsets, but there have also been grey days and fierce storms. Looking forward to 2016 there will be light and darkness, mountain tops and dark valleys.

The words of the prophet Isaiah, often quoted at Christmas, have a deep significance –
The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
(Isaiah 9:2)

Looking west from Sandaig on the 30th December 2015 - There is Hope
Looking west from Sandaig on the 30th December 2015 – There is Hope

( Hogmanay is the Scots word for December 31 in the Gregorian calendar
and is synonymous with New Year’s Eve celebrations in Scotland.)