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“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”
Tragedy struck the home of America’s most popular poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, on July 9th, 1861.  His wife Fanny was near an open window working with a hot sealing wax when suddenly and for never determined reasons, her dress caught fire and engulfed her in flames.  Longfellow was awakened by her screams and severely burned himself trying desperately to extinguish the fire.  Fanny died.  Longfellow’s burns were so grievous he was unable to attend his wife’s funeral.  The long white beard that so identified the man was a result of his injuries as the burn scars made shaving almost impossible.
On Christmas Day, three and a half years following that horrible accident, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow began to see some light through his depression.  He began to write:
                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.
The Civil War was in full swing.  The Battle of Gettysburg was not long past. But he kept writing:
                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.”
But all of the sudden, he turned his thoughts to the One who indeed solves all problems, the One who can give true and perfect peace:
                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.”
Just as that Christmas began to heal Longfellow in 1864, you too can experience great happiness, peace and hope from the one true God of heaven.