12.20.2012

peace on earth


Peace on earth—
A distant theme
When unrest billows round.
The world it aches,
Hearts they break,
And life itself is unsound.

Fresh from the womb
We’re longing, longing
Longing to belong,
But we strive for wind,
And earth of sin
Groans her mournful song.

There is no peace
In body aches
First breath, and death draws near
Each day we sigh
And learn to die,
The grave slowly stealing our years.

There is no peace
In wife against spouse
Nor stranger against a child
A lawsuit against brother,
A son against mother—
All relations have been exiled.

There is no peace
In deadly winds
Tearing at house and land,
In rising water,
Or raging fire—
Earth turned against man.

There is no peace
In world division,
When nation strikes another.
Piercing shrapnel,
Life-scarring battle,
Brother against a brother.

Could there be peace
On earth of grief
And in souls torn by curse?
Could there be peace
When questions asked
Return empty to the source?

Yes, peace came,
Came to earth,
God of peace as man.
And He’ll come again,
Reverse the trend,
And finish restoration began.

He comforts the broken,
Lays bare the masked,
To the ashamed gives worth,
Binds up the breaking,
Heals the aching,
Reversing the curse on earth.

He is our hope,
Hope for weary world,
Find Him and be refreshed.
He is our peace,
Peace come to earth,
Find Him and let your soul rest.

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