And we are here as on a darkling plain Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, Where ignorant armies clash by night.
In light of all the furor over what Phil Robertson “The Duck Commander”
said in a GQ interview I thought this would be appropriate:
From “Dover Beach” by Matthew Arnold:
The Sea of Faith
Was once, too, at the full, and round earth’s shore
Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furl’d;
But now I only hear
Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,
Retreating, to the breath,
Of the night wind down the vast edges drear
And naked shingles of the world.
Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain.
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.
– Matthew Arnold, 1867
Matthew laments what he sees as a receding shore line of Christian thought and influence in society. What remains are armies of idiots battling each other over things that are not of importance. The important things in life, like Hope, Joy, Peace and love are found in the Christian faith. Jesus is the light of the world, the hope for peace and the grantor of joy. It is that proclamation the angles declared on that first Christmas night… Peace on Earth and good will to all mankind. Joy to the world the Lord has come.
So as the darkness continues to gather around let those of us who still believe light another candle instead of cursing the darkness. As ignorant armies clash in the night let us be a beacon of hope and joy and peace on earth.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.