“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” – Luke 2:14
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day is based on the 1863 poem Christmas Bells by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It talks of despair upon hearing Christmas bells – declaring that “hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men.”
Even though it begins on a negative thought, it ends declaring that the bells carry renewed hope for peace among men.
We all know that Christmas can be a depressing time for many people – actually more than will admit it. But the Christian has the greatest hope – our Hope is in Christ and His promise of everlasting life!
This time of year, many catch what can be referred to as a “Christmas cold.” The shorter days and lack of sunshine can sometimes trigger this type of cold. Symptoms vary but include being down in the dumps, sadness, and lethargy. During this illness they may ache for days gone by and for loved ones who they’d like to be near to help them through. No one is immune. It can strike any given year out of nowhere. There are things caregivers can do in order to help ease pain and shorten how long the cold lasts, such as: Love, acknowledge, nurture, understand and pray, remembering that this cold is quite contagious. Protect yourself and help others by sharing your faith, joy, light, hope, peace, merriment, wonder, and most of all – LOVE. ‘Tis the season to believe! – Vicki La Fleur Lazrine
What is your reaction when you hear Christmas bells? Do you feel the peace of God, or do you begin to feel the chill of a Christmas cold?
Where do we go when it’s cold outside and we feel a Christmas cold coming on?
We run to Jesus – just as fast as we can. God’s love can warm up YOU. And… in closing, let me share the last verse of this great carol:
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.”
Please take care of your physical health by taking care of your emotional health – and let God cradle you in HIS loving arms this Christmas! He will take care of you. He made you – He knows just what you need and when you need it – just trust Him for answers. 🙂