Peace On Earth

I heard the bells on Christmas day,
Their old familiar carols play,
And mild and sweet, their songs repeat,
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 I heard, my better angels say:
“Your new life will begin today,
For Hope is long, you’ll carry on,
To peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then rang the bells more loud and deep,
God is not dead, nor does he sleep,
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.

Then 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.

Excerpt from Poem “Christmas Bells” by: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1863
Third stanza added by: ElRoyPoet, 2019

“Our Savior is the Good Shepherd, seeking, gathering, and delivering all from the four corners of the earth. He calls us by name to follow Him and desires us to invite others to do the same. This Christmas, I testify of Him, the perfect Lamb of God, who has gathered followers since the night of His birth. May we all find the peace, purpose, healing, and joy that comes from following Him during this holiday season.” By: Gerrit W. Gong

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“I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” By: Abraham Lincoln

“The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” By: Milan Kundera

“You already know enough. So do I. It is not knowledge we lack. What is missing is the courage to understand what we know and to draw conclusions.” By: Sven Lindqvist

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!’
So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us. And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.” Bible, Luke 2:8-20

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