Christmas Blessings

I’m praying today, dear reader, that you will have a blessed Christmas Day, with the contentment and assurance that comes from knowing you’re under the care of God, through Jesus Christ, His Son, in whom you trust (and can trust if you’ve not yet made that vital decision).

A recent movie was made and many are thinking this season of the Christmas carol, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It was written during personal trial, as well as during the U.S. civil war. Here, again, are its words:

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 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!

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

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on Earth, good will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
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.”

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

…and all of Psalm 46

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