Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I heard the bells...

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.

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.

As I heard the words of one of my favorite Christmas songs the other day, I was reminded of how good our God is. This past week has been very hard. The island of Mindanao was hit hard by the typhoon. Although the city I live in was untouched, the center hit 30 miles away, within our province. Death and destruction are everywhere.
Some of my friends joined a relief team. They came back with the news that the reality is worse than the reports. Well over the reported 500 have died. Many people are dying still from complications (lack of clothing, food, housing, wounds etc). The main way people make a living in that area is from coconuts, which take 12-15 years to mature... most of these trees were destroyed by the storm.
Despite all this tragedy, good still occurs. My friends who were able to go and help shared many stories of the heart break, but also of the many miracles they witnessed...

So yes, as Christmas approaches, a disaster occurred but more disastrous is the condition of the souls that are lost and dying every day. As you pray for the relief efforts, please also pray that many opportunities will arise to share the Lord with these people.... that is what they really need... to accept the Giver of true peace and goodwill and change their lives forever.

3 comments:

  1. Dear Sarah sending my prayers and all my love Gram

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  2. Will be praying for all you mentioned. Wow~ it all sounds so devestating :( The Lord is blessing you there and your light shines brightly in that dark place! Keep trusting Him!
    Love & Prayers!

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  3. Remember what a priviledge it is "to have been chosen for such a time as this" . Also remember when the going gets tough the tough get going. :) But above all remember that you are loved, cherished and being held up in prayer to our Heavenly Father who is able to do exceedingly great and mighty things.
    love and prayers,
    Mom

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