This is a video our pastor showed us at our monthly youth group meeting. You may have already heard about it, (I hadn't); it is a British Chocolate commercial based off of a truce made on Christmas during World War 1. It is very good and I encourage you to take 4 minutes and watch it.
I think this video portrays well the humanness of the soldiers fighting in war. It seems like we often think of wars like that in massive numbers, and sometimes don't remember that each soldier was an actual human being that had feelings and courage and family and a desire for peace, maybe a longing just to have fun and a good time.
It is amazing to me that these men could go back to fighting each other after this. But it's also amazing and encouraging to see that even in the midst of such horific pain and sorrow and tragedy, God can give moments of peace and love and joy like this.
Isn't that what He did in coming to this wretched earth as a human, to live and die among us; to rise again, three days after His death, conquering sin and defeating death, giving us wretched, sinful humans hope and forgiveness and and the joy of being at peace with Him? He came, a beacon of light and hope in the midst of a dark, miserable, sinful world. Now He is changing us, little by little into His perfect, beautiful Image. Again, the light of His character in us in the midst of our dark and miserable and wretched sinful nature.
The following verse is about the birth of Christ:
"The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined." ~Isaiah 9:2
I hope you enjoy(ed) this video! :)