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A few nights ago – I saw again, the wonderful PBS special with David Foster and Jackie Evancho – the little girl who sings with maturity YEARS beyond her age. I must admit that I was skeptical when first hearing about her – but now that I have followed her career – I have discovered a rare talent that will be around for years to come.
Here is a sweet peek into her relationship with her brother and a music video of “Silent Night”.
Enjoy and God Bless
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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!
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Anyone recognize ‘Jingle Bells‘ from the music on the right? Then you must be a musician – or at least had some piano lessons as a child 🙂
I am a private music teacher. I have two recitals a year for my students – piano and voice combined – and we usually do a Christmas recital – so for my household it means we start listening to “Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night” on the piano and things like “What Child is This” and “A Baby Changes Everything” by voice students – as early as October. In fact – it’s already begun.
Why fight it? Christmas music is beautiful – and it’s a tough job to listen to talented and gifted students everyday playing wonderful music – but then to have to play for voice students as they lift up their voices singing holiday classics? Why it’s almost too much for me. I have the greatest ‘job’ in the world – making music with my students – it just doesn’t get any better than this – folks.
I have found that I can listen online to much of the music before purchasing it for my students – on youtube and then a great place to instantly download sheet music is at musicnotes.com. Listening, choosing, downloading – yes this has been my life lately. So FUN!!
I see another happy piano student coming in now – so I must close. I believe she’s learning ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ – great arrangement. Wish you could all be here in this area to hear my students playing and singing. If you were in this household – you’d be in the Christmas spirit REALLY early this year!
Here is one of my favorite Christmas songs – by Neil Diamond. It reminds me of all of the wonderful Christmases I have enjoyed with my husband (30 of them) – and it gets better all the time.
Today we foolishly went to the “mall” trying to eat at the Cheesecake Factory on the same property. It was ridiculous. But what did we expect? After all – 3 more shopping days until Christmas. And we weren’t even going inside the mall – we just wanted one little parking space WAY far away from the doors – across the parking lot – for goodness sakes!!! Greg says this is why he doesn’t EVER go near the mall in the month of December. I’m starting to see why.
Ever want to just escape from it all? Get back to simplicity – stop all the madness?
Below is a wonderful song that sums up how I feel about today. Enjoy the beautiful song and pictures – as you try to have a “silent night” tonight ♥