God is Not Dead

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.

I 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.

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.”

This Christmas feels a little like Longfellow’s. My mom in and out of the hospital, various friends in various rough situations. The devil seems to mock God’s song of peace on earth, goodwill to men.
But God is here. He is faithful. He works all things for His glory and our good. He is not dead or asleep, but He is here, working.

What is Christmas? It’s the miracle that says there is Hope. Without Christmas, the nerve damage, the tumor, the family strife, the loneliness, – Life itself – leads only to Death. With the birth of Christ, the human race has a path back to the Life God intended, a life with Him. Death becomes not the ultimate end of all life’s pains and sorrows, but rather the doorway to ultimate Joy. This τελος is not a morbid fascination with death; it provides a Hope for all of life! No matter what happens, God is in control, and all will be made right – sooner or later.

I write this in faith after wheeling my mom into the living room and helping her find a comfortable spot on the couch as she screams in intolerable pain from her injured leg.

“God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

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