The angels said it “Glory to God in the Highest, and Peace on Earth, good will to men on whom His favor rests”. (Luke 2:14)
They said that this ‘Peace’ was bound together with the birth of the Savior, Christ the Lord…Jesus.
So…that was 2,000+ years ago…where is the Peace On Earth?
There seems to be just the opposite. Wars, conflict, complaints, friction, negativity.
These seem to be the ‘norm’…not “Peace on Earth”.
On Christmas day in 1863, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a poem to echo the sadness of his own life, after he had seen both his 1st and 2nd wives die in tragic form, and in the midst of the American Civil War. He asked the question…where is this “Peace”?
“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’.
It seemed that was is about to give up hope.
Yet, it is here, and it is real…for those ‘on whom His favor rests”.
Those who have acknowledged Him, those who have acknowledged their own sin and desperate need for forgiveness and salvation.
Those who have given their lives, past, present, and future over to Him.
They can have peace.
Peace with God, the Peace of God, and Peace with others.
Peace in the midst of trying circumstances.
Peace in the midst of swirling messes of conflict.
Peace on Earth is still here!
Longfellow couldn’t stop hearing the bells…and they reminded him that present circumstances, tough as they may be, don’t always show the reality behind the scenes!
‘Then rang the bells more loud and deep, God is not dead nor does He sleep; the wrong shall fail, the right prevail–with Peace on Earth, good will to men!”
This season, may the peace of Christ fill your hearts–no matter what is going on around you!
Listen to Longfellow’s words put to music: