During World War I, over 20 million human beings were killed. Man had invented the machines and weapons to kill other men on a massive scale. In the middle that horrible carnage, around Christmas 1914, widespread unofficial ceasefires took place along the Western Front. Throughout the week leading up to Christmas, German and British soldiers began to exchange greetings and songs between trenches. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, soldiers from both sides ventured into “no man’s land”, where they exchanged food, souvenirs and other small gifts. They played games and sang carols. They helped one another bury their dead.
The Christmas truce is seen as a symbolic moment of peace and humanity amidst one of the most violent events of modern history. After Christmas that year, the war resumed and men began killing each other again. Today, as we approach this Holy Season, violence and fear are once again making their mark on human history. The
Middle East is at a
dangerous precipice. What it will take to make us ashamed of our history enough
to stop repeating the atrocities of war?
This Holy Season, pray that we stop fearing others just because they are different. Pray for courage to learn about and understand one another. Pray for Peace.