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  • Writer's pictureRuth Bell Asselin

Fear Not and Peace on Earth

Updated: Dec 23, 2021


I've been reading and rereading the Christmas story this month.


The angels, when delivering their message, began with "Fear Not!"


The secondary messages delivered to the listeners were:

  • "your prayers are answered"

  • "you have found favour with God"

  • "Mary will have a son, and you are to name him, Jesus"

  • "I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people!"

  • "Glory to God... peace on earth, good will to men!"

The Christmas story is littered with expressions of -

'in those days',

'in the days of'

'as the days'

'after the days'

'all the days'

'the days were accomplished'


Not much has changed.

Then, TODAY, I listened to these lyrics anew -


I heard the bells on Christmas day

Their old familiar carols play

And mild and sweet their songs repeat

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 rang 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


Peace on Earth, good will to men


There may not be peace on earth these days, but "the last chapter isn't written yet". So, until then, we can enjoy / appreciate the message of "Fear Not, you! your prayers are answered, you have found favour with God, the Good News, peace on earth, and good will to men". Blessings


MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and yours!



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