You may have noticed American baseball players make the sign of the cross several times.

Perhaps you have seen footballers (American and soccer) raise a finger to the sky after a good play.

I’ve seen basketball players pray before and after a game.

Movies show terrorists going through a prayer ritual of sorts before blowing themselves up.  They kill people of different religions, who also pray.

Did the crusaders pray during their “holy” wars?  I wonder if their enemies also prayed.

Cortez and his army prayed as they butchered Native Americans,  The Aztecs had different gods.

In short, opposing teams and enemy combatants pray – probably for victory – but to whom does their god listen?  Team A or Team B?  Soldier One or Soldier Two?

I’ve heard a story about a truce during World War I when Germans and Allies alike stopped killing each other to meet and sing carols like Silent Night.  Wikipedia lends credence to this story.

The Christmas truce (German: Weihnachtsfrieden; French: Trêve de Noël) was a series of widespread but unofficial ceasefires along the Western Front around Christmas 1914. In the week leading up to the holiday, German and British soldiers crossed trenches to exchange seasonal greetings and talk. In areas, men from both sides ventured into no man’s land on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to mingle and exchange food and souvenirs. There were joint burial ceremonies and prisoner swaps, while several meetings ended in carol-singing. Men played games of football with one another, giving one of the most enduring images of the truce.





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