Peace is a good word for the Christmas season. When the prophet predicted the coming of Jesus, he referred to him as the “prince of peace” and wrote, “of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end” (Isaiah 9:6-7).
After Jesus’ birth, “…a great company of the heavenly host appeared…praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests’” (Luke 2:13-14).
Peace on earth?
One poet found it hard to believe the Christmas message of peace on earth. Upon news of his son being wounded in the American Civil warn, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the poem, “I heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”
Many can identify with Longfellow’s words:
“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.’”