Summary: Message has information regarding the unusual Christmas Truce that took place during trench warfare fighting of World War I between French & German soldiers on Christmas. Second message has information about a man who comes out of a coma, or what people t
It was the winter of 1914, hardened German soldiers were living in their dreaded World War I trenches upon the first advent of winter in a war that was about to become the most hostile the world had ever known. Despite the pain of cold, wind, rain, and inclement weather, despite the barbed wire, landmines, machine guns, and deadly poison gas, the German army began to do something…something special. They decorated their trench for Christmas. With some small evenly cut trees with a handful of lit candles, the German troops began what millions in their nation had done for years on December 24th, prepare for the coming of the Lord.
Just a couple of hundred feet away, in a strategically drawn trench by the enemies France and England, singing could be heard. Stille Nacht, otherwise known as Silent Night, was being sung so loud that the Allied forces were overcome with joy. Upon hearing the German army singing out Christmas Carols, the Brits longing for easier days in the hills surrounding London, Wales, or Wherever also began to sing. At first, there was friendly competition based on volume, until both sides sang in unison, each in their native tongue.
What happened next was unprecedented in the annals of war history. Ignoring the direct orders to find the enemy army and destroy it, both sides ventured out of their trenches and celebrated Christmas, together. Standing in “No Man’s Land,” not far from the Ypre River in Belgium, both sides exchanged handshakes rather than bullets. They gave each other gifts, jam, chocolate, other items. At one front the men engaged in a friendly game of soccer using their rifles as stand up goals. As these two Christian nations followed their commanders’ orders to fight a war based on meaningless land and political prestige, the soldiers worshipped the Lord.
“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.’ When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’ So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told,” as it is written in Luke chapter 2.
For many, 2009 was a tough year. It was for my family. And though we may not be living in a trench surrounded by enemy gunfire, at times it may feel so. Though there is no magical prayer for the evaporation of pain, there is a savior, his name is Jesus. Perhaps we could learn a lesson from the wary World War I soldier, a lesson that teaches us that in times of great trial, we too should worship the Lord.