Christmas Brings Peace and Unity (Sunday)
FOOD FOR THE SOUL
Luke 19:38 saying: “‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
War always brings destruction, sorrow, and misery to both opposing sides. During World War I, the Allied Powers (Britain, France, Russia) and the Central Powers (Germany, Italy, Austria-Hungary) attempted to conquer each other. Millions of victims fell on both sides. However, history records an extraordinary event that occurred in the middle of World War I. The incident occurred along the western front, in the Ypres region, Belgium.
On Christmas Eve, the two sides enter into an informal ceasefire to celebrate Christmas together. The incident was known as the “Christmas Truce.” Starting from the German soldiers who put a Christmas tree over their hiding trench, then sing the song “Stille Nacht” or Holy Night, and then greeted by British soldiers who wish Merry Christmas and sing the song “O Holy Night.” It was then that the two parties who used to shoot each other, on Christmas Eve hugged each other, celebrated Christmas together, and ate together. The spirit of Christmas made them throw away all the enmity that had existed between them and replaced it with peace and unity.
This is the message and spirit of Christmas that we must also apply in our lives. Christmas is a moment of togetherness and unity. Take part in the third session of the series “BRIGHTER THAN EVER” entitled “CHRISTMAS IS A TIME OF TOGETHERNESS”. Join our online service at www.gbika.org/live Share this link with as many of your relatives, acquaintances, or family as possible so that many people can also be blessed.
The spirit of CHRISTMAS is the spirit of PEACE, UNITY, AND TOGETHERNESS.
1. What kind of togetherness and peace would you like to experience at Christmas?
2. What often gets in the way of being together at Christmas for you?
3. What commitments will you make so that you can experience togetherness this Christmas?
“We are grateful for the rhema that You have given us, that Christmas is the time for us to build togetherness, unity, and peace with people. Make us Your instrument to unite the broken and divided relationships around us. Let more and more people feel YOUR love and togetherness in this Christmas moment through our lives. Thank you, God. In the name of the Lord Jesus, we pray. Amen. “