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Looking For The Good

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In spite of everything that has happened, I still believe that people are really good at heart. ~Anne Frank

Our small group is going to see the stage production of “To Kill A Mockingbird” next month – and it sparked some interesting conversation on the way to church this morning between my husband and me.

It is our annual tradition to see this movie every year in our home – a tradition that our children did not appreciate when they were growing up – but as they are older now I think they too can see the beauty of this timeless story – set in the 1930’s – in the south.  The book is usually always better than the movie – and in this case it really is true.  I am hoping the stage production follows the book more than the movie does.

I love true stories of real heroes, struggle, dilemma, victory, discovery and resignation.  And at the heart of these stories – whether it is “The Diary of Anne Frank” or “To Kill A Mockingbird” – there is a universal appeal.  In the midst of a very bad circumstance – there are still people in the heart of the story who believe that all people –  are really good at heart.

This is what keeps hope alive for us as a nation – through suffering, wars, loss and ignorance – is the belief that those we set up as authority figures, those in our government, military, churches, schools, police force and finally our very families – are there to remind us that life can be good when things are set in balance – certain laws kept and reinforced and everyone is given the dignity of free choice and the honor of living in a free country.

When “all men are created equal” – and we really mean it.  When no man has control over another – when freedom is lived out.  It was the hope through the Civil War – again when Hitler reigned in Germany and anytime we see the abuse of power in our own land.  It is our hope that peace will once again win – and that love and understanding will truly be all we need.

I too – want to say with Anne Frank – that all men are good at heart.  Kind, caring and loving of their fellow-man.  I want to believe it – even when I have not seen it demonstrated in my lifetime – even when I have had personal set-backs – even then.

Help us, Lord – be part of that “good” – bringing balance back where evil seems to reign.  Help us be the true “light” in a very dark place.  Shine your goodness through us, I pray.  Help us to see the good.

God Bless

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Silent Night

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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!

 

God Bless

 

 

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