This is “LifeCycles” with Laurie Edwards-Tate, President, At Your Home Familycare.
When Longfellow composed his famous poem Christmas Bells, America was months away from Lee’s surrender to Grant April 9th 1865. His poem reflected not only the prior years of war’s despair, but his own despair over the death of beloved wife Fanny two years earlier, and wounding of his oldest son Charles, a Lieutenant in the Army of the Potomoc.
Charles survived, and his poem reflects Longfellow – and the nation – looking forward toward better days as he closes:
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.
Merry Christmas from At Your Home Familycare.