Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas 1914 - The Christmas Truce

This is the amazing story of a moment of grace during a blood soaked, senseless war.  The war was World War I.  By Christmas of 1914, over 1 million soldiers had already been killed on the western front.

When December 24th arrived, the German and British soldiers were settled into their trenches across from each other in what was known as "no man's land" anticipating a Christmas of loneliness and bloodshed.  However, it did not turn out that way.   At first, the voices of German soldiers were heard coming from their trenches as they began to sing one of their most beloved carols, Stille Nacht (Silent Night).  Then the British responded with a carol of their own.  This went back and forth until one soldier poked his head out of the trench and, seeing that all was peaceful, came out altogether.  This soldier was followed by another, then another, until both sides had left their trenches.  The moment of peace provided an opportunity for them to share their common faith and their common humanity, as well as give them a chance to bury their dead.  Both sides even joined together in praying the 23rd psalm for the fallen.  Then, they returned to their respective trenches.

On December 26th, a British officer fired three shots into the air and hoisted a banner saying "Merry Christmas."  A German officer responded by hoisting a banner saying, "Thank you" and  fired two shots into the air.  Christmas was over and the war was back on.

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