New Song for Christmas: "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"

Out today: a brand new Christmas song, featuring Sean Carter.

Sean and I recently sat down to record an old Christmas carol called "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" for The Gospel Coalition. The story behind the song is so meaningful, and the lyrics so relevant today that we decided to release it as a single. 

Henry Longfellow wrote the original words for this carol when the realities he saw all around him in the Civil War - death, war, division, darkness, the near-fatal wounding of his own son - seemed to mock the angel's song of "peace on earth, good will to men".

When we look around us - at the tragedy of Syria, division and unrest in our own country, racism, terrorism, death, the sorrows we may be experiencing in our own lives - we feel that same dissonance. Where is God? Where is the peace on earth He promised through Christ's birth? 

"For hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men"

I love Longfellow's answer to this question in the last verse of the song, for in it lies our ultimate hope and peace:

"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"

You can hear the full story behind Longfellow's original poem, written by Justin Taylor, on The Gospel Coalition podcast and buy the single on iTunes. We hope it is as meaningful for you as it is for us.