I heard the bells, Advent Day 11

One of the many Christmas carols which I enjoy is “I heard the bells on Christmas Day”. It was written by Henry Wadworth Longfellow in the middle of the United State’s Civil War shortly after one of his son was shot and wounded.
As he considers the angels proclaimation to the shepherds of, peace on earth and good will to men, he expresses doubt inlight of the war raging around him.  It reminds me of when Gideon asked the angel of the Lord “If the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about?” (Judges 6:13 NLT) Yet just as Gideon is encouraged by God’s promises “I am sending you… I will be with you” (Judges 6:14,16) so Longfellow finds courage in the angels words and continues to wait on the Lord.
I heard the bells on Christmas Day
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“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!”

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