Sunday, December 16, 2012

I Heard the Bells

Murdering of 20 innocent grade school children and 6 adults at Sandy Hood Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut is pure evil.

I cannot even begin to imagine what their family members are going through. They lost their beloved sons and daughters, brothers and sisters whose futures were bright but now no more.

In my prayer I was impressed with the song below, whose lyrics were originally a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow during the era of Civil War.

I heard the bells on Christmas Day, there old familiar carols play,
and mild and sweet their songs repeat, 
of peace on earth goodwill to man

And in despair I bow my head; "There is no peace on earth" I said
"for hate is strong and mocks the song" 
of peace on earth goodwill to man

Then rang 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 goodwill to man

Then ringing singing on it's way, the world revolved from night to day
a voice, a chime, a chain sublime, with peace on earth goodwill to man 

from I Heard the Bell on Christmas Day by Casting Crowns


In Newtown, evil feels so strong and indeed mocks any song of peace, joy or goodwill of the holy Divine. And yet God is not dead. Nor does He sleep. I am not in any way trying to diminish the unspeakable loss their community is experiencing right now, but in the end, justice will be served. The right will triumph. The day of the good shall dawn. Innocence shall be restored. Life is neither random nor meaningless. Particularly, the little ones are never forgotten by the heavenly Father. Jesus declares, "For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven" (Matthew 18:10).

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18)