Entries for July, 2009

Vacation July 27-31

My 4 grandsons (8, 5, 2, and 2) are spending the next 5 days with us during our church’s Vacation Bible School. So I’m taking this time off of blogging to spend with them. When I took time off this past January, the monthly stats were higher than December! So I know you’ll carry on […]

Quote of the Day, July 26, 2009

This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice and hold fast to him. ~ Deuteronomy 30:19, New […]

New Stanek poll: Who is America’s most trusted newscaster?

I have a new poll question up: A

Weekend question

Yesterday the

Quote of the Day, July 25, 2009

If you are born mentally or physically deficient, the government says your best contribution to society… is as a guinea pig for biological and chemical weapons testing. ~Im Chun-yong, former military captain for the North Korean Army, who had to give up his 12-year-old daughter who was mentally ill for human experimentation. Initially he resisted, […]

Hypercharged

UPDATE, 7/28, 7:20a: Doug Johnson of National Right to Life has corroborated my concern about taxpayer funding of federal employees’ abortions at “Breaking news: Legislation funding DC abortions includes abortion funding for 8 million federal employees.” Allen continued…

Blue Dogs want to bite Waxman’s face off

UPDATE, 5:35p: And it appears they’ve already kissed and made up? From The Hill this afternoon: House healthcare negotiations dissolved in acrimony on Friday, with Blue Dog Democrats saying they were “lied” to by their Democratic leaders…. The 7 Blue Dogs on the Energy and Commerce Committee stormed out of a Friday meeting with their […]

Senate Democrats move to permanently kill Mexico City policy

by intern Heather B. President Obama’s repeal of the Mexico City Policy, an amendment established “to restore the prohibition on funding of nongovernmental organizations that promote abortion as a method of birth control,” has opened the door to a larger threat of devastating proportions to the international community….

ALERT: Call your rep TODAY Vote tally on Planned Parenthood defund bill

UPDATE, 3p: From the

Breaking news: China loosens one-child policy

First, before you get too excited, the parameters, from Times Online, today…

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Here’s the third in the repeat of my Sunday series during the month of December of the fascinating abolitionist history behind some of our most beloved Christmas hymns. Pro-lifers identify closely with those 150 years ago who fought to free another oppressed class of people. Last week I posted the story behind “O Holy Night,” and the week before, “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” This week…

“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”

In December 1863 poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was still grieving the death by fire of his wife Francis 2 years before when receiving word their oldest son Charles had been seriously injured as a Union soldier in the Civil War.

A fierce abolitionist, Longfellow awakened in despair that Christmas morning, unsure of both the fate of his son and his country. It was against this backdrop Longfellow wrote the melancholy poem “Christmas Bells” when hearing church bells peel throughout Boston proclaiming the birth of Christ. Two of the middle verses were later dropped to adapt the poem into a Christmas carol, which composer John Caulkin set to music. Those 2 verses give the current verse 3 (the last verse below) much more context:

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
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!”

Read more on the history of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” here and here.

I’ve also posted two memorable but very different renditions of this classic.

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