The day had come! All of us had been practicing Christmas carols with Ms. Margaret in preparation for December 18th. We practiced everything from timing, to lyrics, to facial expressions, to singing from our hearts. All of it was to get ready for our lovely evening at the church where we would sing for our friendly neighbors.

As soon as I walked through the door of the church, I felt warmth and welcome coming from these strangers, who I could feel were ready to take us into their hearts. We sang together, and when we were finished, I felt an unspoken bond had been created. We prayed together, and ate the wonderful array of food and baked goods the community had laid out for us. It was truly a coming together of people so different from each other. It was amazing how music can be so powerful, and I was blown away by the generous hospitality the people showed us. Tonight was truly a blessing.

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