Henry Longfellow spoke of peace on earth and good will to men in 1863 when he wrote I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day as if they were in short supply, proposing they even may have been nonexistent. “In despair he bowed his head…” Yet he heard the bells, on Christmas day, and they proclaimed peace on earth and good will to men were not dead, nor was God.
Why does discord seem to run so rampant in our society today?
James 4:1-2 says, “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God.” (NIV)
We don’t have to live in disagreement. We can have different viewpoints, even different religions, and live in peace if we choose to do so.
A recent event in my workplace demonstrates this theory.
The Christian Employee Resource Group, the Muslims group, the Triangle Alliance group, and the company’s employee assistance group jointly sponsored an event on Depression Awareness.
Peter Feigel was the main speaker, sharing his 35-year journey with depression. The event included a vendor fair offering resources on depression for those interested.
Peter’s story was very inspirational, and the resources offered by the vendor were well received. However, the true story of how diverse employee resource groups worked together to bring this event to fruition was scantly recognized. What a great example of peace on earth and good will to men this was. It was a groundbreaking partnership forged in the workplace – an example for other companies to explore and to follow.
Romans 12:18 says, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (NIV)
James 4:2 said we don’t have because we don’t ask God. God desires peace on earth and good will for men. We need desire the same, and we need to ask God for peace. It’s attainable with His help.