Peace on Earth

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; 

Peace

Unity

Love

Safety

Health

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. 

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