Christmas Bells

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.
Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish,
but everyone to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

Gordon Rumford Ministries - Daily Devotional - Christmas Bells

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In his 1863 poem Christmas Bells Longfellow penned the following lines:

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 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.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

Longfellow’s religious views are not very easy to clearly state but this poem from which our words come make it clear that he had not only despair of the present but also had a great hope for the future.

As we celebrate the coming of the Prince of Peace we too could easily despair of the present world scene as we hear of wars and rumors of wars (Matthew 24:6).

We may think it a mockery to talk about coming peace as we look at our world. It seems that as soon as one war ceases somewhere in the world another breaks out elsewhere.

Yet the Lord is certainly to be trusted concerning His promises. The day is coming when all creation shall be assembled before Him and judgment will begin with God’s people (1 Peter 4:17). Then the rest of humanity shall learn of their latter end as rejecters of the Lord and His promises.

Do not give up, follower of Jesus, our Master shall soon come and set up His eternal kingdom and His people will rule and reign in righteousness. Wait for Him, the time will not be long.

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