My Love Notes friend, Suzette R., created and sent the gorgeous collage above and I can’t resist sharing it with the blogosphere.
Their old familiar carols play
And mild and sweet their songs repeat
Of peace on earth good will to men
There is no peace on earth I said
For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men
Like a choir singing (peace on earth)
Does anybody hear them? (peace on earth)
God is not dead, nor does he sleep
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men
Like a choir they’re singing
And with our hearts we’ll hear them
The life the angels singing
Open up your heart and hear them
Peace on earth, good will to men
Like Wadsworth’s poem, the song decries the hate and hurt that mock the “song of peace on earth, good will to men.” It is appropriate for the bizarre year we’ve had in which all the chaos seem to scoff at our attempts to live in peace and harmony. But just as Wadsworth’s poem ends in hope, so, too, does the song.
If we tune our hearts to the bells, to the true meaning of Christmas, we will tune our hearts to hope, love, and yes, peace.