Miracle in No Man’s Land

When I look at Christmas, I have a deep fascination with the 1914 Christmas Truce. This should come as no surprise. It’s emotionally complex and a mixture of British and German culture, and history.

It’s a famous Christmas story. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in 1914; German, French, and British soldiers agreed to not shoot at each other and actually celebrate Christmas together. While it may seem spontaneous, it was not. First of all, soldiers were told the war would be over by Christmas. Second, patrols from opposing often agreed to not shoot at each other and move on.

The other factor was the rain. It rained throughout the months of December, flooding the British trenches. This lead to a stand still in the fighting. The rain actually stopped on Christmas Eve. This led to German troops holding up signs that said, “You no shoot. We no shoot.”

One of the biggest surprises for the British was when the Germans put Christmas trees on the parapets and sung silent night in German. This went against the British notion that the Germans were barbarians.

With the Christmas carols and rain stopping, who would want to shoot at someone? Instead, the French, British, and Germans celebrated Christmas together. They even played a game of soccer.

Sadly, they did have to go back to shooting each other. Military authorities were not happy with the truce. A few people held out for a few, but the war continued for everyone. Even so, this story continues to warm our hearts.

This story is a miracle. I believe that God stopped the rain to speak to us. He used the event to show us why Jesus came. Jesus was a light in the darkness. People from opposing sides suddenly come together to celebrate Jesus. This is how you love your enemies. You see what Jesus did to save all man kind from the burden of death.

This means that everyone in a war is a good guy. I’m not saying we should never go to war. The purpose of this blog is not to make statements about political policy. But we have to remember that both sides are acting under of death.

WWI was clearly European aristocracy continuing the fights they always had. It started when Austria-Hungary falsley accused Serbia of an assassination. Most countries joined bacause their allies joined. The European aristocracy was acting under the burden of death.

Perhaps it is okay to enter war because a country needs to protect itself from a threat. It would be like fighting Hitler in WWII. Hitler was acting under the burden of death. I remember people complaining that war is just run by corporations that want to profit. If that’s the case, then the corporations are under the burden of death.

All man kind was under the burden of death when Jesus came. We long for peace in the midst of trouble. We want to see opposing sides become friends.

That’s why we love the story of the Christmas Truce. It’s what our hearts long for in world of darkness. And that is what Christmas is about. Amidst the darkness of the world, a baby was born. God became a man. He became one of us. He showed us good will.

It’s not just a few soldiers from opposing sides celebrating Christmas together. It is the answer to death.

My Dopamine Crashed

Do you want to know what a dopamine crash feels like? Have you ever had that feeling that you cannot start your day because you have not had your coffee yet? That is low dopamine. You have no motivation to get things done. Your brain feels foggy. If you have withdrawn from an addiction, you know the feeling. Multiply that by a million. I had that happen to me.

How did it happen? I was chatting with a girl online. It went well until she said that she felt she was not ready for online dating. She deleted her account. One month earlier, it did not work out with a different girl.

Two girls, a month apart. With heartbreak, there is a sudden drop in dopamine. The second time it was very bad. I even got addicted to caffeine and have to quit that.

Only one thing brought me through this rough time. It was Jesus’ reaction to the death of his cousin John the Baptist. Jesus took time away to be with his Heavenly father. The situation was hard on him. It was okay. That was not bad.

To be honest, I even pulled away from people. That was not bad. I know that God in me can love others, but I needed a break because of what happened. It took three weeks for my mind to start feeling clear.

Once my mind cleared up, a million familiar lies flooded my head. I knew they were just lies. The Holy Spirit burned them away.

As the lies burned away, I saw the truth of God’s logic. The Spirit took me back to my college days when I had a big crush on my best friend. I was innocent of compatability. I just liked how much she cared about other people. There was no thought of how she could help me build a life in the world.

This goes against a lie of the church that God meant for a wife to be a helper (Genesis 2:18) in that she helps a man build a life in the world. After college, I was told this lie and fell for it. A wife is supposed to be a helper in that the man’s love for her helps him see God’s love.

Bertie Brits shared this definition of a helper. It makes sense because it fits the gospel as a whole. There are verses to show that the husband’s love for his wife is a type and shadow of Christ’s love for the church.

With this freedom from the church’s lie, a man is free to pursue whomever he pleases. While I don’t know everything I want in a wife, I will say that something`stirs in my heart when I meet a tender girl who deeply cares about others. That’s the only thing I can say for sure I want. It’s not born from lack, but that personality deeply melts my heart.

The lies of lack came from difficulties with being intuitive and pursuing a girl who respected my dream of going into film.

An intuitive person is a person who process the world in terms of thoughts and ideas. This is opposed to sensors, who process the practical, physical world. This creates communication difficulties. Sensors often don’t understand intutives and this causes intuitives to feel lonely.

Perhaps God’s logic is the answer to this loneliness. What if no one understands my intuitiveness? So what! God understands me.

And as I experience freedom from the lie that I need others to understand me, the Holy Spirit comes to weed out another lie. This lie is that a woman needs to appreciate and respect a man. “Christian” marriage resources promote it.

This lead me to wonder if I should marry someone who likes film. This question haunted me. But the answer is to look at how we appreciate and respect God. He does not need our appreciation. But we benefit when we appreciate His love for us.

That is the platform from which a wife appreciates a husband. She appriatiates and respect God’s very logic in him. This logic produces a deep passion for the woman and a desire to see her safe from the devil’s lies. It has nothing to do with his personality or the things he does in this world. It’s perfectly fine to marry a girl who has no interest in movies.

This lie was the root of a lot of my approval issues. As this lie got rooted out, I focused less on how others treated me. My dependency on caffeine has dropped. I’ve been more relaxed.

This leaves me waiting for my caffeine withdrawal to clear up. If you do have low dopamine, try DL-phenylalanine. Don’t take this as medical advice, but there is evidence that it can help with withdrawal.

Right now, I still have a few things to reason with the father about.

Under resurrection influence,
James M. Tuttle