At Disneyland Resort in California, the beautiful 2018 Candlelight Processional featured dozens of choirs singing, a spectacular light show, and none other than Hollywood A-list actor Chris Pratt reading the Christmas nativity story from The Bible.
The Christian celebrity’s heartfelt telling of the Christmas story is so moving, especially amid the backdrop of hundreds of flickering candles. "The shepherds rose to follow the star as it shone in the east when suddenly, there was, with the angel, a multitude of heavenly hosts, praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will toward men." Chris beautifully read.
When the announcer introduced the special surprise guest narrator after Chris' reading, the crowd cheered, and Chris addressed them saying,
“Ladies and gentlemen, it was really my honor to share this beautiful Candlelight ceremony with all of you. It’s been a very special and inspiring night. For me, being a parent has really changed my life in so many ways. And one of those ways is to understand, truly, the love that a father could have for a child.”
Chris then continued on saying, “When I stare at this precious little creation of mine here, and I watch the ways in which he tries to please me, I just fill with a love that I feel is so pure, and unending. The way we love our children, the more we love our children, the more we will understand the capacity of our Father in heaven to love us. Each and every one of us a precious creation, and he just marvels in the ways that we can try to please Him. That should give us a great deal of comfort. I know it does for me.”
He summed up his comments by ending with, “This holiday season, let us embrace every one of our tomorrows with hope and love. And through this holiday spirit may we continue to spread peace and goodwill throughout the world. Thank you, and Merry Christmas!”
How wonderful is it that Disney has continued this incredible tradition for so many years? The park has celebrated the candlelight processional since it first opened its doors back in 1955! And I love that Chris always makes an effort to publicly sing Jesus' praises and worship our Lord!
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