Just saw a true story called ‘Silent Night’ starring Linda Hamilton – set in WWII time – Germany. It was a story from a little boy’s perspective just before the end of the war. A German mother and her son fled to a family cabin away from their German town. Just as they were settling in – three American soldiers broke in and used the cabin for a ‘hospital’ for a wounded soldier. Then shortly after three German soldiers came upon the cabin. The woman (Elisabeth) insisted that they keep their weapons outside if they were to use her cabin for shelter – calling it a ‘neutral zone’ – and amazingly THEY DID!
I was touched by this story of strength and courage from this woman – who at first feared for her life and the life of her son – but who ended up literally bringing peace and love into that small cabin preparing a meal for them and taking care of the wounded man. The atmosphere and influence of a warm and caring woman – was felt by all the men. And they all changed that night. The war was left outside for Christmas – and common ground between the men – fighting on opposite sides was discovered. It was Christmas Eve and as Elisabeth prepared soup for the hungry men – each of them had something special to add to the meal from their rations – and one American officer even had ‘presents’ – chocolate for the young boy and young German soldier (about 15 years old) and a french soap wrapped in a little box for Elisabeth – which very much moved her.
What could have been a very tragic and bloody night for all of them – ended up being a very different night in that cabin as they exchanged words and stories with each other. And later the young German soldier sang ‘Silent Night’ beside a modest little Christmas tree. It was a night that Elisabeth and her son remembered for the rest of their lives.
I was thinking about this remarkable woman as I watched this. Would I have been so brave? Could I have brought peace into a hostile situation? Can one person really make a difference? Yes. I believe they can. I believe I can. I believe you can too.
Are you one that brings peace in the midst of a storm? Do you bring a calming effect to people in your world? A healing balm? An atmosphere of true humility and graciousness? Do you seek out good in everyone – can you look past the ugly things – try not to blame or cast judgment? Only think the best and try to encourage, embrace and love?
I pray that you will be one to shine your light – make difficult things better – lighten the load for others that carry a heavier burden.
After all – this is the Gospel Message. Good News. Great Tidings of Joy. Jesus came to redeem, love, and win back what was lost. You and me.
I am praying special blessings on you this day after Christmas!