The Gift of Peace

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)

Although Christmas is almost a month past, the song “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” rings in my ears. It could be because I’m unwilling to let go of my advent topics. Nevertheless, that song pricks my heart with its lyrics of peace on earth. When I hear news reports of child abuse, armed robberies, and mass murders, I want to cry out, with the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882),

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!”

Before writing this post, I took the time to read the story behind the poem …

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Next time we’ll examine the gift of rest. In preparation, please read and meditate on Matthew 11:28-29.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

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3 thoughts on “The Gift of Peace

  1. Brenda, this year was the first I truly listened to the words to the two verses you quoted, and every time since, my soul shivers. Our God must have wept with Mr. Longfellow, and the joy He felt when the final verse was penned must have rang throughout heaven! What a merciful, gracious God we serve!

    • Hi Cathy,
      You are so right. I believe God weeps with each of us as we weep. And oh yes, the rejoicing when we finally realize the depth of our Father’s love. He truly is merciful and gracious.

      Thanks for reminding me of His participation in our lives.

      See you in a twinkling,
      Brenda

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