Peace on Earth
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 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.
….. and in despair I bowed my head …..
Four years ago at Christmas I was in despair. We were still waiting. We had bought tickets to fly to India at the end of December only to have to change them to later because India wasn’t ready to receive us. In the midst of that despair we received this email from a good friend (God Bless You, Donny!):
I believe that God has probably been whispering to Deepika each night. And I believe that when she meets you guys, there will be a spiritual experience for her. I believe she will start to reconcile the love of God that she has heard of in her dreams, with the tangible love you will show her. Like finally meeting the person you’ve heard about. The puzzle pieces will start to fit together. She’ll get to experience who God is, through your love.
It still brings tears to my eyes to read it. To think that in the midst of our despair, God speaks.
And that’s the promise of Christmas. Thankfully this year I can see past my own despair because Deepika is here. But this world. Oh my. It seems hopeless. In the midst of the crap of this world, Jesus. God with us. Hope in hopelessness. Light in darkness. God becoming part of this mess to redeem it somehow.
Merry Christmas. Remember to bring some light to wherever you are this Christmas. I’ve seen it – a little light goes a long way.