“Concerned Citizen” Restores Destroyed Nativity Set and Faith in HumanityCentral Virginia

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!