I’m so thankful I can incorporate my one word, thankful, into my favorite Friday activity – Five Minute Friday, which I confess takes longer than five minutes for me to compose because I’m a
deep slow thinker, but only takes five minutes to read. That counts, right? This week, our poor leader has been ill so we get to choose our own word. Keep Kate in your prayers so she’ll be right as rain in time for Christmas! So peace.
“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:14 NKJV
Jesus is coming. Advent. Just 7 more days. Peace on earth. Oh how we need him. Our Peace.
It’s easy to believe we’re living in the worst of times when the news is almost always bad. But then you find a poem that inspired a carol, written in another century. When those folks believed they had to be living in the worst of times. And it hits you. Every time. Every generation. Every person. For thousands of years. All longing for peace. For the Prince of peace.
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 thought how, as the day had come, The belfries of all Christendom Had rolled along The unbroken song Of peace on earth, good-will to men! Till ringing, singing on its way, The world revolved from night to day, A voice, a chime, A chant sublime Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
Then from each black, accursed mouth The cannon thundered in the South, And with the sound The carols drowned Of peace on earth, good-will to men! It was as if an earthquake rent The hearth-stones of a continent, And made forlorn The households born 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