I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

by jeftearroyo

In 1863, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a popular poet and educator, found himself in a hospital, waiting for news on his beloved son. A mere two years before, Longfellow had lost his wife in a tragic accident and now, on Christmas Day, his son was fighting for his life due to wounds sustained as he fought in the Civil War. For months, the country had been fighting against itself, brother against brother and Christmas would bring no immediate relief.

As Longfellow listened to the church bells that Christmas day, he thought about the hope of Christmas and penned the words to a well-loved Christmas Hymn.

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


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.

When Longfellow look at his life and his country, he saw a lot of pain and tragedy. Yet, he firmly believed what the Prophet Isaiah said when foretold the birth of Jesus;

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness, a light has dawned… For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.”

-Isaiah 9:2 and 6-7

As we find ourselves in the middle of the End-Times, wars and tragedies seem to be happening all around us. Like Longfellow, we can rejoice this Christmas in knowing that no matter how dark things may seem, the Bible promises us that the Prince of Peace is in control and we do not need to fear what is to come.christmas day

To read more about the prophecies of Christmas and of Jesus, be sure to check out Dr. Hindson’s book The Christmas Prophecies.

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