Christmas 2014 marks 100 years since the historic Christmas truce united, if just for a few days, warring German and British troops on the WWI battlefield.
After months of fighting, the battle-weary soldiers agreed to lay down their weapons and cross “no man’s land” to exchange gifts, goods and soccer games with their enemies.
A German solider began singing “Silent Night” and soon soldiers on both sides of the Great War were singing! A truce lasted through Christmas and in some places carried through to the New Year. A row of small Christmas trees strung with lights lined the trenches, and the soldiers carried out the ceasefire Pope Benedict XV had asked world leaders to observe just weeks prior.
The war would continue for another four years after the truce, claiming millions of lives and leaving millions more injured or missing. In our own era of war and unrest, however, the Christmas truce stands out as a reminder of human beings’ capacity to put aside differences, lay down arms and join together in a sacred moment, a moment that perhaps could last into eternity.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Peace comes from knowing the Prince of Peace …. Jesus Christ!!