Last year I read an article about Henry Wadsworth Longfellow writing the poem “Christmas Bells” after his son was badly injured during the Civil War. One can feel the pain as he penned the poem but also, the shift as he turned to God.
“And in despair I bowed my head,
There is no peace on earth, I said,
For hate is strong,
And mock the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”
But he didn’t stop there because he added
“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 man.”
This struck a cord with me as I pray with the latter verse wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Peace on Earth!