Sunday, December 15, 2013

Peace Of Christmas - Guest Post By Abby

Today's Sunday post is written by the delightful Abby
who blogs over at Little Birdie Blessings.
If you know Abby than you know she is genuine sweetheart
who thinks of others before herself.
She loves the Lord with all of her heart
and encourages those who visit her blog to be a shining light for Jesus.
If you have not yet visited Abby
than I encourage you to head over to her blog and look around.
You will be refreshed and motivated by her writings.
I count Abby among my precious friends
and I am very thankful for her willingness to contribute today's post.
May you enjoy what she has shared with us today.

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Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth, give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid.  

John 14:27


December of 1861 was not a time of peace on earth in the United States.  
A Civil War was being fought between the North and the South, 
killing and wounding thousands and thousands of men.  
It was during this time, a man named Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 
a Portland Maine native, buried his wife.



Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Henry’s wife Fanny had been accidentally burned to death 
while heating sealing wax.  Wax that was used to seal the envelope containing her children’s cut off baby curls.  Henry had also suffered severe burns while trying to save her as her clothes burst into flames.Two years later one of Mr. Wadsworth’s sons who had gone off to fight in that Civil War was badly wounded.  During this low point in Henry’s life he wrote the poem, 
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. 



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 thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along th’unbroken song
Of 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.

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.

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This timeless poem/song written by Mr. Longfellow over 150 years ago is applicable still today and reminds us there is HOPE, even in times of despair.  
God is not dead nor doth he sleep.

The Christmas story is about a gift from God to the human race.  
The gift of His Son, to take the punishment for our sins.   
There’s nothing you can do to earn this gift, you receive it by faith.  
Once you receive a gift, it’s yours. 

 For by grace are ye saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God:
Not of works,
lest any man should boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9


The angel’s message to the Shepard’s was:

Fear not: for, behold,
I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people. 

For unto you is born this day
in the city of David a Saviour,
which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you;
Ye shall find the babe
wrapped in swaddling clothes,
lying in a manger. 

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.  
Luke 2:10-14


Jesus Christ is the only lasting peace you will ever find in this world. 


Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth,
give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid.  

John 14:27


The church bells ring on Christmas to announce God’s gift to humanity 
and the HOPE He brought to us in the form of the baby 
in the Bethlehem manger.   

May you and your family be blessed by that Gift throughout this Christmas season and in the coming year.  


Have a blessed Lord's Day!
Please stop by Abby's blog - I know she would love to hear from you.

13 comments:

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Thank you Stephanie for inviting me to guest post today, and for your kind words. I appreciate you! ~ Abby

Debbie Harris said...

Dear Deer Abby,
This was a most heart touching post, thank you for sharing it with us. My heat is blessed as I prepare to worship the Lord Jesus Christ on this the Lods day.
What Ann encouragement that still Carries on to us today. I love reading the stories of those who write poems, hymns and such during the deepest times of their lives. What a praise to God!
May you be blessed as you have blessed our hearts.
Thank you Dear Stephanie for having Abby here to visit.

The Lord bless you both!

Stacy said...

What a beautiful blog you have here, Stephanie - it reminds me of a step back in time, only brings those good times here to this day.

Wife and mother - the best job ever!<3

Brenda said...

What a beautiful post, and such a lovely poem from this poor man who suffered such tragedy in his life. It is true that in Jesus is a peace that passes all understanding.

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Natalie said...

What a lovely guest post by Abby! She is a dear one for sure. What a tragic time in history and yet a beautiful hymn came out of such tragedy. That is so like our God to bring about hope in such time of distress. God bless!

Ceil said...

Hi Abby and Stephanie! Nice to see you both today!

This is such comfort for all in this Christmas time. May we all live in his peace and good will.

Hugs,
Ceil

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

This is one of the most heart warming post ever...Thank you for creating it.
Merry Christmas,
Marie Antoinette

Mindy Whipple said...

Abby and Stephanie - so grateful for that peace that is Jesus Himself. Treasuring it at Christmastime and all through the year...

Conniecrafter said...

love the stories behind the songs and poems, wonderful words!!

Sharon said...

Thank you Stephanie for having Abby encourage us!

Abby,

What a wonderful and encouraging blessing you shared with us! Thank you for allowing the Lord to use you as you exhort the saints and share the hope of the Lord!

Thank you and may the Lord bless you!

Hugs,
Sharon

Rick said...

"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail ..."

Sometimes this message is almost drowned out by the clamor of this world.

Great post. Thank you.

Life and Breath and Everything Else said...

Thank you for sharing the story about Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Happy New Year to you!

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