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Come All Ye Faithful

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Sunday 20-12-64

After 13 hours sleep I awoke to a wonderful day. Amman is a good city. It is built on and among hills, which is unusual. I had a good breakfast, changed money, bought a paper, checked on film prices, and Ade had a haircut and shave. We went round to the post office, where he did not buy stamps, thank God, and we contacted another of his pen friends, Durar, who met us and then bought us a whole chicken each for lunch. It must have cost him a bit as the restaurant owner gave us a good cigarette each afterwards. Durar insisted on moving us out of the Haifa and into the Park Hotel for tonight. It is quite a lot better and he paid the bill for us. I bought some chocolate and sweets and had coffee. I wrote letters home. I still feel great. I know it will last. We will meet Durar again for lunch tomorrow, which we will pay for, and then leave for Jerusalem in the afternoon. There is so much to see and experience here in Jordan. Though religion means little to me anymore, I won’t feel a hypocrite in fully participating in the Christmas ceremonies at Bethlehem. I want to and I will. The hymn says, ‘Come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant. Come ye to Bethlehem’, and I am fortunate enough this year to do just that. It will be a great moment in my life. I will kneel down and honour a great man, perhaps the greatest who ever lived, at his birthplace in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve; the man who millions adore as God made man, and whether he was or not, he deserves my respect, and even my adoration. I am privileged to do this to the fullest extent this once in my life. I am excited at the thought, and I know I will be deeply moved during the next week.

Posted by Ozac 01:51 Archived in Jordan Tagged amman holy_land

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