The hushed darkness slowly comes alive as candles, one-by-one, are lighted spreading a soft glow throughout the sanctuary.
‘Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright…”
Voices raised in unison, honoring the birth of a child who after 2000 years continues to be a beacon of love and hope to millions of Christians.
As I recall past Christmases the strains of that traditional hymn continue to bring peace to my soul and visions of a simple life where gifts waited to be opened, a tree filled with colorful lights beckoned the gathering of family, yuletide feasts were consumed, and festivities started with a Silent star-lit Night.
Are we offering those same comforts to a world filled with starving, homeless, desperate people seeking a warm bed, a safe life, and love from their fellow humans?
Happy holidays to those who have, and a safe, love-filled holiday season for those who don’t.