Hark! how the bells
Sweet silver bells
All seem to say,
“Throw cares away.”
Christmas is here
Bringing good cheer
To young and old
Meek and the bold
-Carol of the Bells
The songs of Christmas have been playing in homes, public gatherings and over the airwaves since that first night when Jesus was born.
And different nationalities bring their uniqueness to the ADVENTure, offering us a rich variety of song to express to our King as praise.
Just as each of us have a unique song of praise to offer Him.
I have a coworker who plays handbells with a team of talented musicians, whose church here in town had stood for many many years with a rich history.
Over a year ago now, that church burned down through a roofing accident.
Our town, and especially its parishioners were devastated.
No one was physically injured, yet the losses were huge.
One day, one of those cleaning out the structure recovered the church’s set of handbells. And a few choir robes.
A bit smoky and in need of cleaning, but all in one piece.
Both tools used by those who knew how to offer up praise.
Those bells sound all the sweeter to their users now, for they know it was a miracle how they were spared in the fire.
We are the bells of Christmas.
God uses our unique songs to blend together and resound His love for the world, especially at this time of year.
For all those who are focused on what they have lost or lack need to be reminded of the Hope which arrived in all the humbleness humanity had to offer.
“Love came down to rescue me” and what a sweet sound that reminder is to the lonely, hurting ones among us. At any age and stage.
May He echo in the sounds of this season through those willing to let His praise resound.
Composed by Mykola Leontovych in 1904 with lyrics penned by Peter J. Wilhousky, Carol of the Bells song is based on an Ukrainian folk song, “Shchedryk.”