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I work full time at my church, and the other morning we sat at our staff meeting talking about the hymn “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” Recently, I have become fascinated by the stories behind hymns.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow had a difficult season of his life. His son went off to fight in the Civil War and returned home maimed and almost paralyzed. His wife passed away from severe burns as her dress caught fire, and Henry was unable to stop the flames.
On Christmas Day he heard the bells of the church and watched as people celebrated, however; he was troubled and tormented as he only saw violence and tragedy in life. One of the verses reads,
“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.'”
Longfellow is essentially saying there is no peace on earth. Can we relate in our world today? However; we have something more powerful than our circumstances. We have someone more powerful than the hate and hurt and challenges of life on our side: Jesus! The reason we celebrate, especially this season.
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1
Casting Crowns have a version of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” that I love. Click here to listen.
For the last Advent freebie of 2017 I focused on snow boots, mountains, and this verse in Isaiah.
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7
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Merry Christmas and have a happy New Year!