Ben Reaoch | Category: Christmas
What a wonderful thing to remember in the advent season that Christ’s coming to earth has brought reconciliation between God and sinners.
Hark the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled"
There’s a great story from World War I that illustrates the wonder of reconciliation. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day of 1914 there was what became known as the Christmas Truce. The soldiers were in their trenches—German soldiers on one side and British soldiers on the other side. They had been shooting at each other, fighting against one another in this war for months. But on Christmas Eve they began to sing Christmas carols. The British soldiers heard the German soldiers singing “Stille Nacht”—Silent Night. Then the British soldiers sang. And then they ventured out into No Man’s Land and greeted each other. One soldier, a Scotsman, who was part of this, wrote about it in his diary. “What a sight—little groups of Germans and British extending almost the length of our front! . . . Where they couldn’t talk the language they were making themselves understood by signs, and everyone seemed to be getting on nicely. Here we were laughing and chatting to men whom only a few hours ago we were trying to kill!” And a German soldier wrote this: “The English brought a soccer ball from the trenches, and pretty soon a lively game ensued. How marvelously wonderful, yet how strange it was. The English officers felt the same way about it. Thus Christmas, the celebration of Love, managed to bring mortal enemies together as friends for a time.”
What a moving story of enemies who became friends. They were reconciled for those moments in the Christmas Truce. What is far more amazing, and much longer lasting, is the reconciliation between God and sinners, brought about by the life and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This Christmas let us sing and celebrate the gift of reconciliation.
 Cited in Christmas in the Trenches, by John McCutcheon.
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