Originally published August 12th, 2016.
Two people meet.
Each has a legacy of hatred for the other, handed to them from being on opposite sides of a great war.
It is Christmas Eve and they meet in a church as a soloist sings.
So, who exactly are these people? It doesn’t matter. What matters is leaving the past as past and moving forward into the future — a lesson we all could use, huh?
Merry Christmas to all of you! Yes, I mean ALL of you.
The woman smiled. “How do you do?”
The man bowed. “Nice to meet you.”
They sat down in the pew.
“Surely He taught us to love one another …”
Her thoughts burned. Blue-eyed devil! Your race imprisoned us. My family suffered for it!
His mind raced. Rodents! Your people used my uncle as a human shield!
“Chains shall He break, for the slave is our brother …”
On hearing this, he re-thought. She wasn’t responsible.
She realized it, too. We weren’t even born yet.
Together they wept, holding the other’s hand, hearing —-
“ … and in His name, all oppression shall cease.”