Tonight at our service we sang "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" --all the verses. This Christmas Carol was written by Edmund Sears, a Unitarian minister, in 1849. This verse is still so true today. Still true.
Yet with the woes of sin and strife
The world has suffered long;
Beneath the angel strain have rolled
Two thousand years of wrong;
And man, at war with man, hears not
The love-song which they bring;
hush the noise, ye men of strife,
And hear the angels sing.
Who are the angels today? Who should we be listening to?
I think it's the children. Listen to the children. Stop fighting, play nice. get along. And pay attention to what other people want.
Downstairs in the middle of our service that's what our kids said. Kids have the option to leave for the contemplative part of the service. We went downstairs. I had movies set up, crafts don't work, cookie decorating a few years ago was a disaster. This year we tried a video option. Most of them wanted to watch "Arthur Christmas" but one little girl said "excuse me, excuse me".
She was a little girl we'd never seen before.
"I've never seen the other movie and I don't like Arthur."
"OK" I said, "What should we do, kids?" The older kids looked at each other and paused for just a moment.
"Peanuts, Peanuts, Peanuts" they chanted. Thirty some kids.
So we watched the old Charlie Brown Christmas special.
We should listen to the children, to the angels. Hush the noise, and hear the children.