Quotes About Christmas
Bridge the Divide
Paul Foslien, Senior Pastor, Living Word Family Church, Naples, FL
December 11, 2016
#16) “During the legendary Christmas truce of 1914, English and German soldiers stopped fighting one another, met in the “no man’s land” between their armies, and traded goods, sang Christmas carols, and even played soccer.”
If we take some time to think about this historic moment, it is somewhat difficult to understand what these soldiers were experiencing during World War I. Yet, in the midst of a stressful, tense, and life-threatening period, these soldiers set their differences of country and culture aside to remember what was far more important – Christmas and its meaning. How much more should you and I remember the meaning of Christmas in the safety and peace we enjoy? This story should remind everyone how important the meaning of Christmas is – regardless of our circumstances.
It is impossible to get anywhere when people quarrel and only serves to create a ‘no man’s land’ in our own lives. No man’s land is a terrible place to live both figuratively and literally: it is a desolate and dangerous place where relationships are wounded and destroyed. Think about if you have allowed any of these areas to be created in your own life and choose to remove them – even if you believe you are not responsible for creating them. When we quit fighting with one another, it gives Christ the opportunity to bring peace to the hearts of all men.
Make a choice today to trade good tidings instead of insults, to sing songs and play games instead of silence and “playing games.” It is time to lay down our weapons and give the gift of forgiveness this Christmas and always.
Let each of us cross over the ‘no man’s land’ in our own lives and bridge the divide between one another. This time of year should focus on love, peace, and good will, so don’t wait for others to start the process – you begin the healing process.
Romans 12:18 NKJV “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.”
Peace and Grace,