It's half past five in the morning and it's the day I depart .
To opt to be away for Christmas is unheard of for most priests who face their busiest schedule around this time . I had one Christmas when I had a Christingle on Christmas Eve followed by a crib service in a neighbouring church.
I then did midnight mass followed by an eight o'clock communion only a few hours hours later. The day was completed by another two services at nine thirty and eleven o'clock.
David and I then went out to lunch in a local hotel but by that time I was almost comatose.
Last year I had no services because David needed full time care so my colleagues are used to holding the fort!
This year I need to be away from home for fairly obvious reasons so from today blogging will be whenever I'm able and wherever I can use the Internet!
I will be travelling...not always in hope .....but accompanied by my ghosts!
As I go someone else arrives.....there's a metaphor there somewhere....
See you on the other side....God willing!