Despair was Real
“I heard the bells on Christmas Day. Their old familiar carols play, and wild and sweet the words repeat of peace on earth, goodwill to men.”
Can you hear them? I hadn’t. I couldn’t. Life was difficult, and evil was holding me with a firm grip.
“I thought how, as the day had come, the belfries of all Christendom had rolled along th’unbroken song of peace on earth, goodwill to men.”
I believed. Growing up, I’d learned of Christ and His peace, yet there I was seriously questioning whether peace was really possible.
“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, goodwill to men.’”
I did. Just as the song had said. I played the notes, read the words, and bowed my head. I was defeated.
“Then peeled 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, goodwill to men.’”
Peace Was Mine!
Oh my goodness! I heard it! Did you? The wrong shall fail, the right prevail (also known as succeed, overcome, conquer, be victorious, triumph) WITH PEACE on earth, goodwill (kindness, friendliness, helpfulness, concern, care) to men. You see, I was going to prevail because I was able to experience peace regardless of circumstances. That was something my enemy would never be able to feel.
“Till ringing, singing on its way, the world revolved from night to day, a voice, a chime, a chant sublime, of peace on earth, goodwill to men!”
Inwardly my life was transformed. Outwardly, life went on no different than before. But as it did, my heart’s desire changed. I prayed for peace. I prayed for others to experience and believe in the peace that I was experiencing, including my enemy.
Revelation from God is Powerful. His Peace is Great!
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Prayer of Peace
Father, I know that only those that You draw will meet and realize the beauty of a relationship with Your Son, Jesus Christ. This Christmas season, I pray that You touch many in need of the peace that You offer. Have them experience the transformation that leads to Your peace which passes all understanding. Thank You for loving me, guiding me, and instilling in me a trust that brings me comfort and confidence in Your plan, regardless of circumstances. In Jesus name, Amen.