Posted by: Larry Hoekman | December 12, 2016

Christmas — Yes, There is Peace!

Day 2610: More carols! Gotta sing ’em as in two weeks, Christmas is a year away!

Scripture: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.  Luke 2:14

Thoughts/questions: This may take a couple of days! ‘I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day’ was originally a poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on Christmas Day 1863 in the midst of The Civil War in the U.S.

Wadsworth, who later was severely burned trying to save his wife from burning to death when her dress caught on fire, failed to save her and found peace elusive throughout his life. But in 1863 the war raged and its combatants included his oldest son, Charles, who enlisted without the approval of his parents.

Charles was soon severely injured and on Christmas Day, a discouraged Longfellow penned the following (excerpts from the entire poem turned carol approximately 10 years later):

I heard the bells on Christmas Day their old, familiar carols play, and wild and sweet the words repeat of peace on earth, good-will 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, good-will to men!”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: “God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; the Wrong shall fail, the Right prevail, with peace on earth, good-will to men.

We’ll continue this devotion tomorrow. But for now, Longfellow had to dig deep and not consider his present day situation to pen the words, the Right prevail and reaffirm the words peace on earth, good-will to men. We too must do the same! Your present circumstances could bring despair, but dig deep and KNOW that the Right will prevail in you life! Be at peace!

Suggested prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, please bring peace to me and my family . . .

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