From Despair to Peace

During the month of August, I am re-sharing some of my most read posts. I wrote this one 18 months ago based on one of my favorite Christmas songs. I hope it is a good reminder that in the midst of our despair, God is present.

A Second Time Paul

“Then 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 goodwill to men.”

How dare they?  How dare the bells play the song of “peace on earth, goodwill to men”?  How dare people gather to sing about joy and happiness?  How dare people gather to talk about joy coming to the world; have they actually looked at the world?  Do they actually know what’s going on?  Are they paying attention to what the world looks like right now?  How dare the angels come singing songs of peace and goodwill when reality is anything but peaceful or good?

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote this poem on Christmas day in 1863.  It was not long after his wife had died in a house fire that Longfellow received news that his son had been injured while fighting…

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