One of America's best known poets, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), contributed to one of America's most famous carols,”I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” on December 25, 1864. This was during the Civil War. His wife had died and his son was crippled from a bullet. The carol was originally a poem, “Christmas Bells,” containing seven stanzas. For the song, two stanzas were omitted which contained references to the Civil War. The poem was then arranged into the carol, “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day, in 1872 by John Baptiste Calkin (1827-1905).
“I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play
And mild and sweet their songs repeat
Of peace on earth good will to men”
“The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.” Psalm 29:11 (NIV)
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:1-3 (NIV)
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
“You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ John 14:27-28a (NIV)
God is not dead nor doth He sleep. May God grant you peace now and forevermore until He comes again.