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I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day

I recently discovered a lovely poem by Henry Wordsworth Longfellow called “I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day” that struck me with it’s text focused upon peace brought forth by God through the giving of his son.

I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

Till ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

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 on earth, good will to men.”

Perhaps if we Christians really lived out the implications of what we believe about Christ’s coming, the culture around us would be more interested in peace. This Christmas, may we meditate upon the greatness of God’s gift of salvation to us through the work of Jesus Christ, and affirm that same power which raised Christ from the dead working in us to spread peace and good will to others.

God is not dead.

He is not even asleep.

What is good and right will stand forever.

From all of us at, we wish you a merry Christmas.

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Dr. Norman Horn

Norman founded and the Libertarian Christian Institute, and currently serves as its President and Editor-in-Chief. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from the Austin Graduate School of Theology. He currently is a Postdoctoral researcher in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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