Rev. Karen Chraska has seen that music has the ability to bring the divine into the present for moments of peace. Celebrate Christmas with us with joyous carols! Learn more at TMUMC.ORG/christmas:
My memories of Christmases past are filled with family, friends, food, church, and presents. My "Ghost of Christmas Present" is the same as that past, but peppered with a little stress that comes with being an adult and all that entails. In this season of love and good cheer, I wish I could press the pause button on all the fighting and strife in the world. It sounds simple I know, but I believe the answer to the question of, "How can the fighting and strife in the world cease?" is through the transformational love of Jesus.
I love Christmas stories; two of my favorites are when peace actually occurred. Tradition says during the war between France and the German state of Prussia in 1870, a French soldier began singing, "O Holy Night" and instead of firing at him, a German soldier started singing a popular German hymn by Martin Luther. Legend has it that the truce lasted 24 hours. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day of 1914 shortly after World War I began, a brief cease fire occurred when soldiers on both sides in the trenches sang "Stille Nacht" (Silent Night) and traded rations.
Singing Christmas Carols is a really giving a faith testimonial to the divine birth and lordship of Jesus Christ. There would be no Christmas without Christ. The next time you hear a Christmas Carol, sing along like you mean it and testify that the Prince of Peace has come.
"The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish." John 1:13 (The Message) The New Testament in Contemporary Language by Eugene H. Peterson.