I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

“The days are coming,” declares the Lord,    “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch,a King who will reign wisely    and do what is just and right in the land.In his days Judah will be saved    and Israel will live in safety.This is the name by which he will be called:    The Lord Our Righteous Savior. Jeremiah 23:5-6 In centering my heart and mind on…

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I hear the Christmas Bells

In centering my heart and mind on the birth of Jesus, I find myself distracted.  I don’t know about you … but I have to work at bringing Christ to mind throughout the day. I rarely express a political opinion.  But I was shocked and dismayed all throughout the presidential elections.  I was not, am…

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made forlorn

As I pray this morning for Newtown, CT, I am reminded of the poetry of Longfellow.  He wrote “The Christmas Bells” in 1864.  The words were later put to song … but we often leave out the haunting verses of pain.  Longfellow’s wife died from an accidental fire at Christmas.  The following Christmas Longfellow learned…

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