Perhaps you have heard the story from Stanley Weintraub’s book Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce?
In December of 1914 something amazing happened along the Western front during World War 1. During the weeks leading up to Christmas, parties of German and British soldiers began exchanging Christmas songs across the trenches. Essentially, they were battling each other with season’s greetings, at some points individual soldiers walked across enemy lines bearing Christmas gifts. On Christmas eve and Christmas day both sides agreed to a truce, an unofficial cease fire. These enemy war units ventured into what they called “no mans land”, neutral territory, to share their rations of food and sing Christmas carols together.
What a beautiful picture. Enemy troops coming together under the banner of Christmas. Coming together in peace to celebrate with one another. Just a small taste of what’s to come when Christ returns. As Isaiah 2:4 reads:
“He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.”
In a world of chaos and war, where the effects of sin ripple through our lives and our lands – we all long for peace. And every now and then, we catch a glimpse of what is to come.
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This is a wonderful story, Matt. I have heard or read it before. Amazing! There is a PBS movie called “Silent Night”. I am wondering if it may be a spin off on this story. A mother and young
son leave their home in Germany and run to their place in a very remote area.
The husband and father is a German soldier, if I remember correctly, and is away at war. Anyway an American group of soldiers come to her place asking for food and refuge. She lets them in and shares
what she has. Later a group of German soldiers come seeking shelter also. It is a story of how they cohabited in a terrible time in our history,. They spend Christmas together and bring what little they have to the table and share with each other. Uplifting andTouching movie.