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An Ah Ha! Moment About Good Will

(Authors Note: The post “Seeing Hope In Actions” is still being worked on and will be published next week. In the meantime enjoy this brief article originally published November 9th, 2011 about an “Ah Ha! moment I had while decorating.)

November 2011

I was putting out Christmas decorations the other day and found some made for me by a deceased person. I was grumbling because of some questions I have about our relationship and the person’s character.

Then while decorating the cedar chest, I found myself humming:

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.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

(1807-1882)

Well Duh!

Then it dawned on me – “good will to men” applies to dead men (and women) as well as the living.

You show good will towards them by honoring their memory, which includes not speaking ill of them.

Your relationship with them might not have been perfect here, but it will be perfect in heaven because –

everything is perfect in heaven.

Michele’s Favorite Christmas Music: I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day – Casting Crowns

Casting Crowns version of the traditional carol.

  • Songwriters: John Mark Hall, Bernhard Herms, Dale Oliver, Traditional

I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play
And mild and sweet their songs repeat
Of peace on earth, goodwill to men

And the bells are ringing
(Peace on earth)
Like a choir they’re singing
(Peace on earth)

In my heart I hear them
(Peace on earth)
Peace on earth, goodwill 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, goodwill to men

But the bells are ringing
(Peace on earth)
Like a choir singing
(Peace on earth)

Does anybody hear them?
(Peace on earth)
Peace on earth, goodwill to men

Then rang the bells more loud and deep
God is not dead, nor doth He sleep
(Peace on earth, peace on earth)
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, goodwill to men

Then ringing singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime
Of peace on earth, goodwill to men

And the bells, they’re ringing
(Peace on earth)
Like a choir they’re singing
(Peace on earth)

And with our hearts we’ll hear them
(Peace on earth)
Peace on earth, goodwill to men

Do you hear the bells, they’re ringing?
(Peace on earth)
The life the angels singing
(Peace on earth)

Open up your heart and hear them
(Peace on earth)
Peace on earth, goodwill to men

Peace on earth, peace on earth
Peace on earth, goodwill to men

“Ask, Seek, Knock – Matthew 7:7-12

Good Will

 I was putting out Christmas decorations the other day and found some made for me by a deceased person. I was grumbling because of some questions I have about our relationship and the person’s character.

Then while decorating the cedar chest, I found myself humming:

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.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

(1807-1882)

Well Duh!

Then it dawned on me “good will to men” applies to dead men (and women) as well. 

You show good will towards them by honoring their memory. 

Your relationship with them might not have been perfect here, but it will be perfect in heaven because everything is perfect in heaven.

How will you show good will to both living and dead men every day?

(Author’s note: I was putting out Christmas decorations so I could take some pictures for the “40 Days of Joy” series, which starts 2 weeks from today.)