Below are some of the words from the song, 'I heard the bells on Christmas Day.' I like this song because it captures the idea that a war between good and evil rages on across our globe. Every December 25th Christmas shows up. It shows up in a world of violence, darkness, oppression and tragedy. When tragedies strike like what happened on Friday, our sense of vengence and justice rises up in us. We ask, 'why God?' and 'why don't you bring it all to an end and bring judgment?'
I am reminded of 2 Peter 3:9 that says, '9 The Lord isn't really being slow about his promise to return, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to perish, so he is giving more time for everyone to repent.' God is truly 'rich in love and slow to anger.' We are in the days of grace where God, for the time being, allows people to accept Him or reject Him. These are days where He is still calling out in the streets across the globe, 'If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.'
Today is still a day where perhaps your neighbor, or co-worker, or family member can still find salvation in a Savior named Jesus. This same Savior will one day return on a White Horse as a conqueror and a Judge where every person who ever lived will give an account for their life (all their thoughts, words and deeds) and justice will be fully realized. Only those who have turned to Christ for salvation will be judged as 'not guilty' because of Christ's blood shed for them.
So, These are times where people around us are looking for hope and healing. Maybe you can pray with someone....maybe you can invite someone to a Christmas Eve service....Let's allow the light of Jesus to shine brightly through our lives!
I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play
And mild and sweet their songs 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
But the bells are ringing
Like a choir singing
Does anybody hear them?
Peace on earth, good will to men
Then rang 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