It was Dec. 25, 1914, five months into WWI and an amazing event occurred. A German soldier shouted to the British troops with whom they were engaged in battle, asking for a one-day truce.

Enemy troops promised not to shoot as together they sang Christmas carols, talked of loved ones at home, played soccer and shared rations. For a short moment in time, the tragedy of war was suspended while enemies engaged one another as fellow children of God.

The overarching message of this Christmas season is one of love: love for our families, love for those we pass on the streets, for the forgotten, the lonely and the hungry, the love that is embodied in the life of the man whose gift we celebrate this time of year.

We know that, ultimately, the best way for the world to become a better place isn’t through the work of our legislature; rather it is through the actions of our people. As neighbors serve neighbors, friends reach out to care for friends and parents raise children in homes filled with kindness and love, our communities are strengthened. Within each of us lies the capacity to transform lives and ease the burdens of another.

Let’s each of us look inside ourselves this Christmas season and ask what it is that we can do to make the world a more kind and welcoming place, AND THEN DO IT.