World War I began in July of 1914. Many thought the war would be over in a very short period of time, but it raged on and thousands lost their lives. Some asked for a truce on Christmas day in 1914, those in charge declined. But nonetheless, a miracle happened, guns were laid aside and opposing sides came together, offering gifts of food, cigarettes and cigars. It is believed that even a game of soccer was played. As the day drew to a close, the soldiers returned to their foxholes and once again picked up their guns and the war raged on.
As our priest told the story, the thought that occurred to me was, what if they had refused to fight? What if the soldiers who came together had laid down their guns and refused to go on?
As I thought more, I thought of the guns and the wars that we fight in our daily lives. What are those guns? They are jealousy, prejudices, anger, unforgiveness, spite...and the list goes on. What if we were to lay these guns aside? What if????
Mother of Reinvention commented that an ad was made, telling the this story. She said that it received some rather negative press.
Dagmar sent the link and I think it's well worth seeing, so I have included it in this post.