Devotions By Jan

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

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bells_65665063_65664597Scripture for Today: Luke 2:13-14 “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will toward men.”

As of 2013, Notre Dame of Paris has enjoyed new, pitch perfect bells.  An impressive ceremony was held to bless them at their inauguration.  These heavy bronze bells at six and a half tons each were ordered for the cathedral’s 850th birthday.  The one bell not replaced is named Emmanuel, dating back to 1686.  It is special being the one that is rung on Christmas day.  I miss hearing chiming bells everyday but especially at Christmas.

Our verse for today is referred to in the carol, “I Heard the Bells.”  The bells say “peace on earth good will to men.”  This carol is painfully honest with the comparison of these beautiful words with the stark reality of strong hate in our world.  Written by Longfellow as a poem in the middle of the American Civil War, peace was nowhere to be found.  Personal peace was also a challenge as Longfellow had just lost his wife.  But night turns into day as he affirms that, “God is not dead nor doth He sleep.”

Peace on earth is a reality for those who bow the knee to Jesus, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).  He has made peace possible between God and man (Romans 5:1).  And one day Christ will rule the world in truth and in peace.  There is a future where the “wrong shall fail and right prevail.”  In the meantime, my heart can find that peace in a world of turmoil.  It is only in His presence that I find it.  He reassures my heart and mind of His loving control, regardless of my circumstances.

Thank you Lord, for Your perfect peace.

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2 thoughts on “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

  1. I, too, love hearing bells, and “I Heard the Bells” is one of my favorites. Thanks, Jan, for the reminder that peace can only be found in Christ.

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