It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Monday, December 19, 2016

Chapter 12, Page 19, Book 16

♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ It’s the Most Wonderful Season of All♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ 

Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day. 

Helen Steiner Rice

'Peace on earth' is a phrase you see everywhere around Christmas time. For many of us, we have to wonder where that peace is. Whether it be trying to find peace in the chaos of our own lives or trying to wrap our heads around hope for peace world political peace, 'peace on earth' sure seems elusive.

The Christmas season is to be a celebration of peace, goodwill, and reconciliation. Yet, for many families, thoughts of peace rarely accompany the holiday season. Instead, the exact opposite is all too common. Years of bitterness, resentment, and depression have been piled on top of misconceptions, misunderstandings, and misbehavior.

Tis the season to get over our differences. And instead, to offer goodwill and reclaim peace.  This Christmas, give the gift of overdue peace.  

It is true, you can’t control the attitude of others, but you are the only one responsible for yours.We can take an active stand against the attitudes of bitterness and rejection because if we know anything about resentment, we know that it will swallow everyone in its path until someone takes a stand against it.

Tis the season to listen and hear rather than judge and lecture.

Tis the season to bring us together and find peace again and that thought alone makes it worth it.

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
The 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!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,

And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth stones of a continent,

And made forlorn
The households born
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.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ It’s the Most Wonderful Season of All♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ 


betty said...

So true with it being a season to listen and hear and not to judge or lecture. Someone might just need that gift of listening to help them feel a bit more peace in their heart. So true too about not letting bitterness take form in any of our relationships, etc. It can be an ugly root to get rid of.


Mevely317 said...

It's so good to learn all the lyrics to Mr. Longfellow's poem/song! (I think it, too, is on the CD I kept playing yesterday.)

jack69 said...

Both Helen RS and HW Longfellow knew how to say it in those words.
Yes, a season to Listen....

Love from Florida... I hope you are warmer!

Rick Watson said...

Peace be with you.