One of the most popular songs at Christmas time is Silent Night, and yet behind this lovely, moving hymn there's a great story...it takes place in 1818 Austria. The pastor of a parish, Josef Mohr, had a problem. According to legend, mice had chewed holes in the bellows of the organ, and he desperately wanted there to be music for the Christmas Eve Vigil. He spoke to the organist, Franz Gruber, about a poem he had written, and he asked Mr. Gruber if he could write a melody for guitar to accompany this poem--Stille Nacht. The song came alive that night and in time, became so popular around the world!
But the story gets better...during World War I (1914) on the battlefield near Flanders, while enemy fire was cracking between the Germans and the British & French in foxholes, sometime on the eve of Christmas, song broke out, and recognizing the melody of the song--even though the language was different--each side made a motion of a truce. For a brief moment in the War, enemies came out of their dens, shared Christmas joy, and sang together.
If one person can create such work that connects, even for a moment, the hearts of their fellow humans...what a wonder if we all do such work! Let there be peace among us!