“Concerned Citizen” Restores Destroyed Nativity Set and Faith in HumanityPolitics

After all that has transpired throughout the past year—an ugly, divisive campaign, wars, terrorism, mass murder, etc.—it’s easy to take a dim view of humanity.  It’s easy to echo the sentiment of the narrator in Longfellow’s poem, turned Christmas carol “I Hear the Bells on Christmas Day”:

And in despair I bowed my head ;/ “There is no peace on earth,” I said;/ “For hate is strong, and mocks the song/ Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Just last week, a group of five teenagers allegedly stole an outdoor nativity set from the lawn of Shiloh United Methodist Church, just outside of Lynchburg, after “getting bored” at a friend’s birthday party.  The teens then posted pictures on Facebook posing with the figurines and holding bottles of alcohol.

They then destroyed the 40-plus year-old figurines.  Only one lamb survived the incident.  Church officials estimate the figurines were valued at approximately $2,000.  (The accused teens have since been arrested.)

“…[H]ate is strong, and mocks the song/ Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Then, a Christmas miracle, of sorts: a church member drove past the church and discovered a new set of figurines in the formerly empty stable.  Tucked beneath Baby Jesus, in a hay-lined manger, was a note from a “concerned citizen”:

The note offered condolences for the missing nativity scene and read in part, “This display is nowhere near as nice as the one you had but I guess it’s the thought that counts.”

The author didn’t leave a name, but indicated a relative is a member of the church.

Kindness from a stranger…maybe humanity isn’t such a lost cause.  After all, if we were, there wouldn’t have been a Christmas in the first place.

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:/ “God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;/ The Wrong shall fail, The Right prevail,/ With peace on the earth, good-will to men.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/shaunkenney Shaun Kenney

    Now that’s awesome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alton.foley Alton Foley

    “…maybe humanity isn’t such a lost cause. After all, if we were, there wouldn’t have been a Christmas in the first place.”

    Great line!