Silent Night

We had a small get-together tonight with some people who do not normally celebrate Christmas. It was a special night of dinner, singing, skits, sharing, gift-giving, and more eating. We sang “Silent Night” in the dark using only candlelight. It was a most solemn way to celebrate Christmas eve:

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I have never been a part of a Christmas pageant, but I finally got to play a part when we acted out the Christmas story … I was a shepherdess! It was our way of introducing the birth of Jesus to those who don’t know. My role was simple enough — pretend to watch the sheep and look up the sky when the angels announced the birth of Christ. I was strangely moved by the chorus “Gloria! In Excelsis Deo!” even though I’ve heard it so many times in the past. I literally felt like one of the shepherds hearing the message of hope for the first time. The message of Christmas — the birth of the King of kings in the humblest of places, reaching out to the lowliest of men, of which I am one.

shepherdess

My language skills were challenged tonight because the conversations were all in Chinese, including the instructions for the games, lyrics for the songs, and even the lines for the skits. I managed well, thank God. Nevertheless, if there is one thing I learned, it is that message of Christmas is for all the world. As the angels have said, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests,” no matter the language or culture!

Christmas Eve Party

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