Here is another offering from the devotional I helped to write in 2015. I hope you enjoy the post.
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” I Corinthians 13:1
Years ago, churches were built with bell towers. The bells were rung to call people to services, they were used to toll for people who had died. They rang out with joy at weddings and they gave warnings when danger was imminent for the surrounding area. In Biblical times bells were sown on the garments of the priest worn in service to the Lord.
Bells have become an important symbol of Christmas as we sing about bells in our carols: “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” or “The Carol of the Bells,” “Silver Bells,” and others. They all remind us of this special time of Christmas. They sing to us and call us to respond to the message they ring out for all the world to hear. The wonderful good news that Jesus, the long awaited Messiah is born!
Just as bells sing different songs, so do we as Christians. Our lives and how we live them ring out loud and clear to all who can see. What message are you ringing out to the world around you? Is it the sweet song of peace, joy, and love? Or does you life resemble a clanging gong sowing dissonance where ever you go?
My hope and prayer for each of you my friends and family, is that you have a wonderful holiday filled with joy and good will. May God’s blessings shower down on you and may you be filled with God’s peace.