I first heard this song/poem a few years ago. It was written by Marine Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt in 1986, under the title “Merry Christmas, My Friend”. Set to an instrumental of “Silent Night”, and read by Father Ted Berndt, a Wisconsin priest and former Marine (with a few modifications) who has since passed away, it’s a moving portrayal of Santa Claus’s visit to a soldier, and how despite all this man did for our country he lived in a rather depressing home. If your not moved by listening to this, you must hate the US military or you just have no heart. Or both!
There is a website that tells the full origin of this poem, and the recording. Please visit it: A Soldier’s Silent Night
I hear it every year on the radio, and I think everyone should. I saw a number of copies on YouTube, with pictures of soldiers in the field and whatnot, but waycool5794 had the right idea. No pictures, just the words. Some things are more powerful when you have to imagine the scene in your own head.
I don’t have the guts to be a soldier, even if I had Captain America’s powers. Heck, I’m not sure I could do it with Superman’s powers. There’s more to it than putting your life on the line. Imagine the darkest, bloodiest aspects of any military FPS in the last couple years, and you won’t even be close to what a real soldier goes through, even if they don’t have any physical scars. I’ve had family members in the military, some of whom has actually seen combat. I still can’t imagine what it must be like, especially at Christmas time, and I have a very good imagination.
Remember when your praying for that perfect Christmas present (whether your giving or receiving) to also pray for the brave men and women who put their lives and their sanity on the line day after day so that you and yours can have a Merry Christmas, or whatever you celebrate around this time. And pray for their familes as well.