A Christmas Wish: Peace on Earth!

Tonight the lights will twinkling across streets of El Paso/Juarez. The lights will defy the darkness and the despair so many feel as another drug war continues to te1rrorize the streets and still the hearts of many.

Christmas reminds one and all that evil will not win the day. The Prince of Peace has come into the world. The only One who with a touch can change our reality and turn on the light within us.

During the dark days of 1864, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow sat down with pen in hand weighted down by a heavy heart. Poets feel much deeper than most of us and his life has been touched deeply by personal sorrow and national despair during the dark days of the Civil War.

Longfellow penned some of the greatest words of hope and peace on human lips.

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.”

Till, ringing singing, on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE AND ALL!

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