Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” at a time when he had lost his wife and his son was crippled by the Civil War.
Every year the Christmas bells would ring in the town square, and they would remind him that there is peace on earth, good will to men.
But in the year of his greatest losses, of war, strife, and pain – his world did not feel like peace or goodwill.
Yet the Christmas bells reminded him to lift up his eyes, reminded him that God is not dead nor does He sleep. Good will prevail. The peace of God can reign in our hearts no matter the circumstances.
This year, Christmas looks different. But we pray that the “bells” of Christmas remind you that Peace has a name, and it’s Jesus. – Casting Crowns