A New Year?
“What are my hopes this New Year? I thought about this question as I re-read Longfellow’s poem, “Christmas Bells”. Written in 1864 during the Civil War after his son had left to enlist in the Union Army and struggling with the loss of his wife, Longfellow wrote this poem as way to deal with his sorrow, the poem speaks volumes today. So here we go, I hope our men and women come home from the wars. I hope those of them who are wounded in body and soul find peace at home.
I hope my fellow countrymen learn to live at peace with each other regardless of personal beliefs and convictions. I hope America discovers the true “Prince of Peace”, the One the Bible calls, “Immanuel, God with Us”. Maybe I’m a foolish idealist, but as a follower of Jesus Christ, who struggles to live my faith as best I can, I too want this “Prince of Peace”, every day, the One, the Bible describes in the gospels.
Luke 2:8-11 “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” NIV
Let me quote for you the last stanza of Longfellow’s poem:
“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.".
One day there will be peace on earth and may that day come quickly, God bless and have a great New Year!