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Can There Be “Peace on Earth”?

November 24, 2012 at 5:00 am / by

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One of my favorite Christmas carols—and possibly one of the most patriotic Christmas songs of all time–is “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”.  Originally written as the poem “Christmas Bells” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, it represents a combination of deep despair mixed with hope and the promise of justice.

Longfellow’s life began spiraling downward when his oldest son, Charles defied his parent’s wishes and left home to join the Union in the Civil War.

“I have tried hard to resist the temptation of going without your leave but I cannot wait any longer,” Charles wrote.  “I feel it to be my first duty to do what I can for my country and I would willingly lay down my life for it would be of any good.”

Not long after Charles left for the war, Longfellow’s beloved wife died in a tragic fire–and then soon after that, Charles was severely wounded in the Battle of New Hope Church.  In the depths of sorrow and struggling to make sense of his losses, Longfellow wrote “Christmas Bells”.  You can hear the mixture of pain and anger in his words:

“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.’”

Never before has this song reminded me more of America than now.

Is there such thing as “peace on earth”?  When I was a Democrat I naively believed that peace could be possible if only everyone would lay down their weapons.  One of the main reasons I became a Republican is because on 9/11, I came to the realization that as long as Man is imperfect and has hate in his heart, “peace” can never be.  And unfortunately, this hatred has existed as long as Man has walked the earth.  Even if everyone did “lay down their weapons”, Man would still use sticks and rocks and his bare hands to kill.

And yet…

Despite how hopeless life can sometimes seem to be, and despite the tragedies Longfellow faced, “Christmas Bells” comes to this beautiful realization:

“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.’”

I don’t pretend to know all the answers, but for me “peace on earth” begins with my individual relationship with God.  Trying to eliminate Him from our lives—or in the case of the DNC this year, eliminating Him from the Democrat Party—is the opposite of “peace”.  I pray for our nation, and I pray that anyone who is struggling or lost in despair finds the true peace that can only come from God.

“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.
I thought how, as the day had come,

The belfries of all Christendom

Had rolled along the unbroken song

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.’
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!”

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Ann-Marie Murrell

Ann-Marie Murrell is the original PolitiChick anchor and is the CEO/Editor-in-Chief of PolitiChicks.com, which was nominated at CPAC 2013 as the “People’s Choice Blogger of the Year”. In 2013, Ann-Marie received Front Page Magazine’s Glazov Gang Ronald Reagan Award. Ann-Marie writes for dozens of respected Conservative websites including TownHall, Daily Caller, Front Page Magazine, The Blaze and more. Ann-Marie is often a guest speaker at rallies across the US and is a frequent guest on radio and TV shows, including a 2013 appearance on the Dr. Phil Show in which she represented the conservative viewpoint. She has been featured on dozens of radio and television shows, including Fox News, BlazeTV, the Dennis Prager Show, the Janine Turner Show and she is a regular commentator and guest host on One America’s Rick Amato Show, Front Page Magazine’s Glazov Gang and the Mark Isler Show on 870/The Answer. Ann-Marie is one of the go-to conservative reporters in Los Angeles and has covered multiple political events throughout the United States. Ann-Marie has conducted hundreds of interviews with conservative leaders including Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Lt. Col. Allen West, Dr. Ben Carson, and she was one of the last reporters to interview the late Andrew Breitbart. Ann-Marie speaks at various Conservative rallies and 2nd Amendment events across the country, from California to Texas and many cities in between, and was the exclusive reporter for the David Horowitz Freedom Center West Coast retreat. You can find Ann-Marie Murrell on Facebook and Twitter (@PolitichickAM). (@PolitichickAM).

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8 Comments

  1. Tom Lehner says:

    Good Morning Ann-Marie,

    WOW what an amazing piece of writing I have the privilege to share.

    You might dislike me for my comment now – I come out of a military family with 1 great grandfather during WW1 2 grandfathers in WW2, my dad a driving instructor and MTO in the Air Force, my mom a civilian in the Austrian Army and me with the Special Forces in several occasions including Desert Storm – Can there be peace on Earth? – no because you said it right, hatred, anger and greed is as old as man kind. God almighty gives us a choice but men as old as the bible decide to make the wrong choice. When in the service I too dreamed of unemployment and a world without weapons but soon learned that this is nothing but wishful thinking because take all the weapons away from people they still have sticks and stones and knifes and hands and all starts from the beginning that is why I keep it with Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus who wrote in the 4th or 5th century the De Re Military and said SI VIS PARCEM PARABELLUM (If you wish for peace prepare for war) everything else is a daydream – sorry I did not mean to disappointing you – love your post and share

    • On the contrary I completely agree with you, Tom. I, too, believe in “peace through strength” and my pacifist/dreamer days are long past and I hope that was clear in this article. God bless you!

      • Tom Lehner says:

        Oh it was clear in your article Ann-Marie, sometimes I have a rough way of writing and I was afraid you might think of me as a war monger – you know your opinion of me is most important to me God bless you too

  2. b24gunr says:

    An excellent article. I’m a WWII vet who survived only because God had plans for him. The last paragraph of your article says it all. I’m 91, and knowing that my years on this earth are growing to a close doesn’t bother me at all, for I have that relationship with the Lord that you mention. No one can disturb the peace that I have through knowing that my future is secure. As for peace in the sense of a freedom from war, as you write that’s not going to happen, at least not until Christ returns.

    • Tom Lehner says:

      God bless you Sir, you might not know but you were one of the brave man that saved my birth country from the Nazis. I was born overseas. Thank you for all you have done Sir and you are forever in our hearts. With your closing line I totally agree with you Peace on Earth will only happen through the second coming

    • Lainie Sloane says:

      Thank you, Sir, for your service to our country. God Bless you!!! My father was a WWII vet (he went home to be with the Lord in ’95) who was a Seabee on Guam and Guadalcanal. I think it’s great you are on the Internet!

  3. Lainie says:

    Thank you, Ann-Marie. I immensely enjoyed this article. After reading it, I started reflecting on how wonderful it would be to have “peace on earth, good will toward men,” as the angel said when Jesus was born. Unfortunately, not everyone accepts Christ, as you know and if anything, our society is becoming more Godless by the day (as you noted above with the DNC). The more Godless, the less peace. Blessings!

  4. Robert says:

    -Have been scrolling back and opening email received over 40 days ago! An excellent post by Ann-Marie on a great hymn of faith!! Indeed, “God is not dead, nor doth He sleep!” The world will certainly recognize that Christ is very much alive – once the Great Tribulation starts. My earnest prayer is that many, many millions of souls around the world will become aware of this, repent and come to Christ – even if it means the horrific scenario of those beheaded for their faith which is described in Revelation 20:4

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