Tonight we went to a community Christmas Eve Service. There are lots of things I could tell you- the music was great, we saw some friends, but one moment stood out in my mind.
It was made so meaningful by the little guy you see here. This family was in front of us. This picture was taken during the closing, candlelit song. But I wanted you to see the extemporary, key player in this drama within a drama.
Part of the program was a drama, the story of which involved a secret church somewhere in the world where people were worshiping illegally, and celebrating the Christmas Story. You need to know that the little guy you've just met is either a little older than he looks, or rather precocious. He was paying close attention. At the point in the drama, a little before the picture you see here, the soldiers came and disrupted the service, tied up the pastor and his wife, and led them away. The little boy was quite distressed, and twice asked his daddy, "Why?"
Pretty good question, don't you think? We sure do take our freedoms for granted. As church dramas go, it was performed slightly better than average, but definitely amateur. However, that one poignant question lifted it into the realm of the highly relevant.
The service ended with everyone lifting a lighted candle, while we all sang Silent Night.
And so, I wish you all a Merry and Blessed Christmas! Not Happy Holidays... no matter what your faith, please don't be offended. Accept a blessing of celebration, and have a wonderful day!
I've postponed the beginning of the contest for one extra day (I don't want it to start on Christmas), because tomorrow, I'll keep my promise to bring you... GREEN.
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