Christmas Bells

The year 1861 was a sad year for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
In the month of July his wife, Fanny, who he dearly loved,
had been sealing a keepsake lock of their daughter’s hair in wax,
when a gust of wind blew through the window causing her
dress to catch fire.
Longfellow severely burned his face and hands, attempting to
save her, but her burns were so severe she died the next day.
In the year 1864 his son was injured in the Civil war.
Christmas of that year, in despair he wrote this famous carol –
“I heard the bells on Christmas day 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”
He had good reason to question if there
would ever be peace for him
But then this great poet wrote these words of cheer –
“Then pealed the bells more loud and deep
God is not dead nor does He sleep, the wrong
shall fail, the right prevail
with peace on earth, good will to men”

In this year of 2021 as Christmas is nearing, we may question
the sorrow and pain over the loss of loved ones we are grieving
and I venture to say –
The bells are heard on Christmas Eve
and how we yearn for peace to be
wherever we look it seems so far
struggles and doubts never seem to cease
And as we bow on this dismal eve
To us are only tears to weep, but
then once more we hear the bells, loud and
clear, God is still here, He does not sleep
Our grief will end, our pain removed
“Peace on earth, good will to men”

The story of the Poet Longfellow’s
Life by Betsy Childs
‘A Slice Of Infinity’

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