I thought I was managing my emotions about the Connecticut tragedy pretty well. There has been so much to do–I just keep pressing forward. Until last night, when this situation–coupled with some difficult news about one of my music students–came crashing on me like a ton of bricks. And for a little bit I felt hopeless. I have been searching for that Christmas spirit this year. That feeling of peace and hope and joy that comes in quiet moments of reflection during the Christmas season. It has been rather elusive this year.
The words of a verse of a favorite Christmas carol came to mind.
“‘There is no peace on Earth,’ I said.
‘For hate is strong and mocks the song
of Peace on Earth good will to men.'”
But the comfort and hope for peace is right there in the same song in the very next verse…
“Then pealed the bells more loud and deep,
‘God is not dead, not doth he sleep.
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
with peace on earth, good will to men.”
I think all of us want to right the wrongs that have been done. I’ve seen all kinds of solutions tossed around as being the answer to prevent this kind of tragedy from ever happening again. Some of them may be helpful. I don’t know. But I’ve realized that we need Christmas now more than ever because all of our real hope is centered in that tiny baby, born in a stable so many years ago. Only He can make right those things which are so very wrong now.
In case you are feeling the same way that I am, I am sharing this graphic I created of the song lyrics as a reminder to have hope and what the real source of peace is.
Click on the image to open full-sized image. Right click to save to your computer. Formatted to print at 8×10. You can send to your favorite photo lab or print at home. Personal use only, please.
Sending my prayers for comfort, peace, and hope to all of those who are hurting today.