My favorite line of Christmas verse comes from Edward Sears’s fourth stanza of “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.”  Sears wrote, “Hush the noise, ye men of strife, and hear the angels sing!”

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But, ouch!  I am a man of strife!  By volition or by circumstance, strife is the lot of man and his travail below.  I feel it every time I turn on the news!
So in the contentious climate of this terror-ridden age, when the 10:00 news would fill our ears with the tumultuous racket of men of strife, may we summon the resolve to tune out the noisy discord and tune in the angelic proclamation.  Its ringing has persisted since the shepherds first heard its peaceful promise, if we will but hush to hear to the hopeful strains.

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