I heard the bells on Christmas Day / Their old, familiar carols play, and wild and sweet / The word repeat / Of peace on earth, good-will to men! (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

In many parts of the western world, steeple bells will ring today. Though we are occupied with family get-togethers, sumptuous meals, and a lot of gift-giving, we must take time to celebrate what it’s all about. The Christ-child has been born, the one promised to redeem God’s people and whose sacrifice for us is the only means of God’s peace for those who believe.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. (John 3:16)