During one of my Christmas Concert intermission, a fellow soprano said glumly, “You know, I just don’t believe in the story about the birth of the Son of God. I love the feeling  this time of year brings, though.” “ Have you ever considered,” I asked, “whether you believe Christ is the Son of God or not, that Jesus was the greatest teacher of love, for example, how to love one another? If Buddha taught us how to enter into a holy place through meditation using our brains, Christ taught us how to heal our heart through forgiveness and how to be a loving presence for ourselves and others.” All at once the glum soprano began reciting Bible verses: “Love one another as I have loved you…..Love your neighbor as yourself.” Our call came for the second half of the concert. The glum soprano grinned broadly. A soprano sitting next her leaned over touched my arm and said, “Thank you for your gentle teaching.”

by Gracie