Longfellow wrote these words that ring out with Truth. A sense of Christian realism fills the verses as he remarks in despair, “There is no peace on earth, for hate is strong.” It is a broken world in which we live. Another school shooting. Another war. Another life ended tragically. Another sickness. Another broken family. Another wound. Another hurt.
Into this world, God sends Peace. The last verse rings out: “God is not dead, nor doth He sleep! The wrong shall fail, the Right prevail, With peace on earth, good will to men!” Evil is real, but the love of God in Jesus is stronger!
Longfellow might be more famous for his other poem, “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” where he chronicles that infamous night at the beginning of the American Revolution. A new music technique today is to create a “Mash-up” where two distinct and well-known songs are mashed together into a new and creative whole. Today we need to mash up these two famous poems and live out Paul Revere’s Ride with the news of the Carol of the Bells! Let’s ring out the news to all that Jesus lives, and in Him there is Peace on earth! Let’s ride through our neighborhoods, homes, and workplaces carrying the message of salvation in Jesus this Christmas season. Let’s ring out the Good News! One if by Manger, two if by Bethlehem! The Savior is Coming! The Savior is Coming, with peace on earth, goodwill to men!