Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Let There Be Peace

I hadn't planned on posting today. But then I read Michelle Ward's post. I followed her link to hear Bing Crosby & David Bowie sing of the Little Drummer Boy & Peace on Earth. If you haven't ever seen Michelle's blog, you've got to check it out. She's incredibly talented.
Michelle's post did to me what usually happens the first time I really hear "Silent Night" each year. That's when I really miss my maternal Grandpa. When my Mom's side of the family gathered together each year for Christmas we created many special memories. One of my favorites was when the gathering was at my family's home. While the last of the dinner preparations were happening in the kitchen, I would play the piano where many members of the family gathered around to sing. I connect Grandpa with Silent Night and those times around the piano.
Grandpa got colon cancer in the 70's. His last Christmas in 1979, Grandpa sang "Let There Be Peace On Earth" as a solo at midnight mass. Since then, that song has been an anthem for our family.
So now I come back to Michelle's post. She reminded me of the dream of a dying man. Peace on Earth. "Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me."

1 comment:

michelle ward said...

Regina - music has a way of stirring up memories doesn't it? I love Silent Night too, especially the Stevie Nicks version. The holidays can make us really miss those we've lost, but just think where they are! What a place to be for Christmas :)