I turned on Christmas music today. I know, to some of you this is sacrilegious. It’s only November 1st. But it’s cold, it’s beautifully sunny, and it caught my attention so I turned it on. I was tapping my feet to all the joyful songs about happy feelings and heart warming emotions. I was feeling that “hot chocolate on a snowy night” feeling. When your nose is cold but the rest of you is warm and a beautiful coat of white snow blankets the ground making everything look sparkly and pristine. As I sat in that moment, a new song began to play. It went like this
I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And mild 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 rang the bells more loud and deep;
God is not dead; nor does not sleep
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peach on earth, goodwill to men
Did you know this song was written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on December 25, 1863? He wrote it in response to the horrors of the Civil War. Wadsworth’s son had been shot and he was, of course, as any parent would do, anxiously praying for his son’s recovery. Out of his sorrow came this beautiful cry for peace.
It’s November 1st. Unrest, deceit, pain, and greed are all around us. Our eyes and ears are bombarded with negative sights and sounds. Friends, the next few days could be really uncomfortable. They could be scary. But they don’t have to be. This is not the first time in history we have been at an impasse, and it will not be the last. As Christians, rather than praying for your candidate, what if Together we all prayed for;
Not for some, but For ALL.
These things are not party specific. What if we pray for God to help us love one another, even in our differences? We don’t need to be God and choose who is right or wrong. God put us here to love one another, not judge. We can make a difference. I don’t just mean in the world around us, I mean in ourselves.