Henry Wadsworth Longfellow lived during a turbulent time in our nation’s history. In 1861 the first shots of the Civil War were fired. His household experienced a tragic fire which claimed the life of his beloved wife, Frances. Additionally, their son, Lieutenant Charles Longfellow was severely wounded in the war.
Longfellow, stricken with grief, could hardly bear the thought of Christmas. After three years of grieving the heavy sorrow of the death of his wife, Frances, he wrote these words of hope, into his journal on December 25, 1864:
“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 of earth, good-will to men.”
Peace in the world requires something from us. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, is here to invite us to be peacemakers as we bring God’s kingdom from heaven to earth.
May God bless you and your loved ones with hope, love, joy, and peace during this holy season.