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Saturday, December 10, 2011

On the coming of Christmas ...

I'm struggling to keep my to-do list from taking over this year and committed to cutting out what doesn't NEED to get done.

I like the practice of creating margin*... to take the time, to take the time ... to take the time for that which is most important.

While googling something else, I came across this Hymn based on the 1864 poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Born from his own personal loss and pain Lonfellows words struck a cord.

{I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day}

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.

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.”

In the face of pain, sadness and loss that many face this time of year (or at any time of the year) Longfellow's words shout out that "God is not dead", "Nor doth He sleep". God's love, truth, and justice are confirmed, "The wrong shall fail, the right prevail." His Son redeems us all.

That last stanza reminds me that the Father has my messy life in His hands and despite how it may appear (my vision is limited), God is working out his love in my life. In your's. And it is good. Right. Perfect. So have peace - have faith - trust. Believe.

"Of peace on Earth, good will to men."

*(borrowed from Suzanne Woods Fisher

1 comment:

  1. I'm with you on that first one... Sometimes I feel like my to do list is king kong... :).