Christmas is the season of hope. It's easy to get wrapped up in the parties, the gift buying, the decorating, the crowded stores, the impatient crowds, and everything else that seems to accompany this time of year. And it's hard not to look at the world we live in & wonder if there will ever be relief. Will we ever know peace? Do we have a reason to hope?
We do...and His name is Jesus.
I was reading another blog this week & the author posted the words to the song "I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day". And they struck me hard. The words were written by the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1863. But they still ring true today.
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."
Song "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" sung by Casting Crowns