Glory to God on the High Street
Commercial Chaplain's letter - Advent 2004
Spare a thought for those who will be working long hours this advent and Christmas. For some there is appreciation for overtime and some extra income, but for many there is little or no choice or particular benefit. Those working in retail or logistics (the supply chain) are under pressure at this time of year – longer hours, higher expectations, grumpy and often extremely rude customers – all this amidst the tinsel and glitter of stores and shopping centres.
Many working in the food and leisure industry again work under intense pressure in the build up to Christmas and of course the consequence of a 24/7 economy can be greatly increased demands on those working for the emergency services.
As you prepare for your Christmas this year be a polite customer, try and understand the pressures people are working with and give them a smile and a bit of encouragement. Show something of the generosity of God as you prepare for Christmas this year.
…and a letter from a well known seasonal character working long hours sent to a Worker’s Support Group !
Can you guess who?