Monday, December 08, 2008

peace on earth, good will to men

Economic downturn. Layoffs. Terrorist bombings in Mumbai. Disgruntled parliamentary coalitions. Child soldiers. Inner city shootings. International war.

I am prone to like the world I live in. I am prone to believing the best in people and situations. I am prone to expecting the best...even if I read, watch and experience the worst.

I am prone to take this verse literally:
"But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound." (Romans 5:20, good ol' King James version)

Or, for those who don't use "abound" regularly in conversation:
"But sin didn't, and doesn't, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it's sin versus grace, grace wins hands down." (bite-sized Message)

Or, my personal favourite:
"But then Law came in, only to expand and increase the traspass [making it more apparent and exciting opposition]. But where sin increased and abounded, grace (God's unmerited favour) has surpassed it and increased the more and superabounded." (Lois and Jessica's favourite, Amplified)

And, so, Frank Sinatra reminded me today:

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."

- I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day


lois Hunter said...

amazing words in these Christmas carols...if nothing else makes you believe they do...some supernatural Unction must posess them to write so...x

Andrew G said...

amen, La... and mom, I think it's a supernatural Unicorn