Entertainers in Hollywood and elsewhere have refused to perform for the inauguration of the forty-fifth President of the United States of America. The Trump committee reached out to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and they agreed to participate. Thus they are featured here on this day of days.
Forward deployment on a military ship means that the 24/7 cycle that is the life of a ship at sea is one of those things that can not change. Not even for a day. The section may gather for a turkey dinner when it’s their turn to eat, and somebody may offer a blessing on the food and a prayer for the occasion, but that’s it. The comfort of family, hearth and home is a missing ingredient.
As a retired Lieutenant Commander (1130) in the US Navy, my heart goes out to shipmates.
So it is to those men and women who are on the line that my thoughts and prayers turn on this most propitious of days as we prepare to celebrate Christmas. My thanks go out along with my prayers for their continued safety as they travel in harm’s way.
“I Saw Three Ships (Come Sailing In)” is a traditional and popular Christmas carol from England. The earliest printed version of “I Saw Three Ships” is from the 17th century, possibly Derbyshire, and was also published by William Sandys in 1833. I selected this song to launch the Christmas Eve blog posting of Peace of Earth and Good Will to All, because of my Navy heritage and service.
The lyrics mention the ships sailing into Bethlehem, but the nearest body of water is the Dead Sea, about 20 miles away. The reference to three ships is thought to originate in the three ships that bore the purported relics of the magi to the Cologne Cathedral in the 12th century. Another possible reference is to Wenceslaus II, King of Bohemia, who bore a coat of arms “Azure three galleys argent”. Another suggestion is that the ships are actually the camels used by the Magi, as camels are frequently referred to as “ships of the desert”.
Please remember our men and women in uniform who are manning our defenses as the rest of us take the day to celebrate the birth of the savior, Jesus Christ. The US Air Force Band does flash mobs at the Air and Space Museum every Christmas time and they’re all searchable on YouTube. This one from 2013 (their first) is my favorite.