This is the song that will conclude our Christmas program at Calvary Church on Sunday night.
This traditional Christmas Hymn has it roots in the poem, "Christmas Bells" written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Longfellow wrote "Christmas Bells" on Christmas Day 1863 in the midst of the American Civil War and the news of his son Charles Appleton Longfellow having suffered wounds as a soldier in the Battle of New Hope Church, VA during the Mine Run Campaign. Longfellow had suffered the great loss of his wife two years prior to an accident with fire. (wikipedia)
Longfellow's personal tragedies make the words of the hymn all the more powerful.
In 2008, Mark Hall and Casting Crowns arranged this traditional hymn in such an amazing way. It has been my theme song this week as I think about the Savior Jesus, bringing "peace on earth" between sinful man and a Holy God.