Peace and music…hmm, talk about a wide range to cover. With so many popular songs about peace, it would be best, I thought, to narrow the selection to holiday songs.
(Psst, Christmas is coming around soon!)
For me, a holiday song that comes first to mind and invokes a real sense of peace is the classic song, Silent Night.
Most of us have heard many variations performed on this old song; with the melody written in 1818 (and, imagine, it is still a big HIT!) by Franz Xavier Gruber and lyrics done by Father Joseph Mohr, but my favorite all-time version is by the band Pink Martini.
In this video you will hear the original German lyrics, followed by Arabic and English versions sung oh, so beautiful but hey, take a look for yourself…
Since stories fill my head, for one little girl, Sasha, the song Silent Night is both a special song celebrating the birth of the Divine Savior and the start of her new love life.
“In the morning,” Sasha says, “when I look outside my bedroom window, Charlie, the mouse catcher cat, usually finds some way to curl himself into a neat ball to snooze the day away. I bet he dreams up wicked cat and mouse chases!
“I knew it was far too early, but my family decided that in the month of August, since my adoption was finally happening, we would celebrate our family Christmas. I cannot describe what joy, love and excitement it all is when you finally know you have a forever home; it is like the ultimate holiday gift.”
Every first weekend in August, Sasha’s family gathers around the beautiful pre-lit evergreen artificial Christmas tree. As Sasha wipes away a tear, she leans close into her mother’s arms as they all sing Silent Night.
“Thank you,” Sasha says as she looks up at her mom and dad. She whispers, “This is the peace from heaven I always dreamed about.”
Charlie brushes by Sasha’s ankles. He looks up at her, his yellow colored eyes full of love and purrs in agreement.
What holiday song brings a sense of peace to your heart?
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August Peace Library selection:
- Monthly Peace Challenge: One Good Thing About Music (manylittledrops.wordpress.com)
- Monthly Peace Challenge: Just Like Music (starvingactivist.wordpress.com)
- Greatest Love of All – B4Peace (donettas.wordpress.com)
- The Journeys of Life: Bloggers for Peace
- Breathing Space: August Post for Peace
- Bishop Eddie Tatro’s Bloggers for Peace in August
- Laurie’s Notes: Bloggers for Peace