Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was depressed on Christmas Day, 1863. His country was torn apart by Civil War, hate and grief filled the atmosphere. His wife died from burns after catching her skirt on fire, and he was caring for his his young son who ran away to join the army and was recently returned critically wounded. Christmas bells ringing in the Church rubbed him the wrong way, until God spoke to him through the Church bells and he penned the following verse:
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."
Can you share his belief?