Then Pealed The Bells More Loud And Deep!

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My Musings – “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” is another of my favorite Christmas carols.  It is based on the poem “Christmas Bells” by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, written during the civil war and inspired by personal tragedy.

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, good will to men.

I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
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.”

Till, ringing singing, on it’s way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

Songwriters: Traditional
© ST. NICHOLAS MUSIC INC. , Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
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Peace on earth and goodwill to men are rare commodities these days.  As Christ foretold centuries ago, we live in an age of “wars and rumors of wars.” And our country is more divided than it has been since the civil war.  We need to be reminded of the words of Abraham Lincoln (that he borrowed from Christ – Luke 11:17). “A house divided against itself, cannot stand.”  For hate indeed “is strong and mocks the song.”  If we are not careful, we can fall into the cynicism penned early in the poem by Longfellow.

As we celebrate the season of Christ’s birth, may the bells peal “more loud and deep, God is not dead nor doth He sleep.”  The world, in general, may not believe this, but not believing the truth does not make it false.

My Advice – Enjoy peace on earth.  For Jesus said “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.  You heard me say, I am going away and I am coming back to you.”  (John 14:27–28, NIV 1978).  He’s not dead.  He’s not asleep.  And He won’t be gone much longer. He’s coming again.  Not as a baby this time.  Not as Savior, but as judge and King.  Then “the wrong shall fail, the right prevail, with [lasting] peace on earth, [and genuine] good will to men.”

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Author: thebrewisamusing

I was raised in a Christian family and my earliest childhood memories include regular Sunday school and Church attendance as a family. I was taught that our Judeo-Christian values were not just a part of our Sunday routine they should be part of our character and influence all aspects of our lives. I was also taught that as important as these values were they could not save us. We must also be “born again” by accepting Christ.

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