"The Christmas season is domestic; and for that reason most people now prepare for it by struggling in tramcars, standing in queues, rushing away in trains, crowding despairingly into teashops, and wondering when or whether they will ever get home. I do not know whether some of them disappear for ever in the toy shop or simply lie down and die in the tea-rooms; but by the look of them, it is quite likely. Just before the great festival of the home the whole population seems to have become homeless."
G.K. Chesterton, 'The Thing: Why I Am A Catholic
For thus said the Lord God, The Holy One of Israel:
in returning and rest you shall be saved;
in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.
But you refused and said,
"No! We will flee upon horses"-
therefore you shall flee!
and, "We will ride upon swift steeds"-
therefore your pursuers shall be swift!
Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you;
therefore he will rise to show mercy to you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
blessed are all those who wait for him.