Advent 2015- It Came Upon a Midnight Clear + Joy

advent 2015


It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth
To touch their harps of gold!
Peace on the earth, good will to men,
From heaven’s all gracious King!
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.

Still through the cloven skies they come
With peaceful wings unfurled
And still their heavenly music floats
O’er all the weary world;
Above its sad and lowly plains
They bend on hovering wing.
And ever o’er its Babel sounds
The blessed angels sing.

Yet with te woes of sin and strife
The world hath suffered long;
Beneath the angel-strain have rolled
Two thousand years of wrong;
And man, at war with man, hears not
The love song which they bring:
O hush the noise, ye men of strife,
And hear the angels sing.

For lo! the days are hastening on,
By prophet bards foretold,
When, with the ever-circling years,
Shall come the Age of Gold;
When peace shall over all the earth
Its ancient splendors fling,
And all the world give back the song
Which now the angels sing.

What is amazing about this poem and Christmas carol is it’s lack of reference to Bethlehem and yet we sing it every year. It’s been long assumed that the author of this poem, Sears, wrote this in response to the ending of the Mexican American war, a topic we are all to familiar with war & peace. But what does joy have to do with this? Joy is to be full of happiness and rejoicing. When angels sing the earth to sleep with peace on the earth, goodwill to men…that is what we should be joyful for. What we should seek daily is a joyful heart that God will use us, to create peace and goodwill towards all in our homes, communities and the world around us.


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