Monday, December 24, 2012
Peace on Earth
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" was penned in December 1864. The country was in the midst of the Civil War. Longfellow was also dealing with the tragic death of his wife Fanny, and his son's crippling injury from wounds sustained in battle.
Needless to say, Longfellow had good reason to bah-humbug Christmas, hide away in despair, and question his faith. Yet he chose to move through his angst. Putting pen to paper, he created what would eventually become a piece of timeless Christmas magic.
Longfellow may have suffered a broken heart, but he was steadfast in his faith and knew the true nature of Christmas Spirit first hand.
If you are so inclined, I welcome you to take about four minutes to sit and contemplate Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's classic words in this rendition of "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" as performed by Casting Crowns
Peace on Earth Goodwill to Men. Now, more than ever.
Wishing each and everyone of you a Christmas of peace, kindness,
Marg Van Patten