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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
I heard the bells on Christmas Day,
Their old familiar carols play.
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth goodwill to men
And in despair I bowed my head,
“There is no peace on earth,” I said.
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth goodwill to men.”
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep;
“God is not dead, not doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth goodwill to men.
Words: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1864
Music: Jean Baptiste Calkin, 1872
Timely words for today’s world. As we enter this Christmas season all of the old, familiar songs, movies, activities will come round. It’s all very familiar. For many, over the past few weeks, the world they live in has been filled with despair, for there is no peace on earth. Hate is strong and flowing in all directions at the same time. Even among those who follow Christ there seems to more and more fear and hate creeping in, wafting in and out of the the nooks and crannies of faith and family.
But God is not dead and he’s not sleeping on the world. It may be hard to see but wrong will fail, evil will be defeated and death will die. Right will overcome wrong; good will overcome evil; life will overcome death.
Peace is the common thread through it all. In the midst of turmoil there can be peace. At the same time peace is the thing for which we continually strive.