John the Baptist was a bell ringer. He announced boldly God’s message– that Jesus was coming. He was special and important and he was faithful to his call– he called people to prepare for the coming of Jesus.
Well, we did talk about John the Baptist but something took over. It was quite lively– lots of excitement, lots of joy and definitely lots of enthusiasm when it came time for the ringing of bells.
Maybe this is a better message– bells are a symbol of joy and excitement. While we are ‘preparing’ for Christmas we need to keep Jesus at the centre of the preparations. When we do we will experience the true joy and excitement of the season.
Never thought of the following as a Christmas verse, but now it fits perfectly: “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy” 1 Peter 1:8
Things do not turn out as planned– sometimes they are better!
As we prepare for Christmas yes, let’s be like John and ‘Tell it on the Mountain’ –keep Jesus central and remember it’s about him.
But like my friends showed me last night, let’s ring our bells with excitement and joy– be enthusiastic. Ring them loud and have fun as we anticipate Christ’s birth. Let’s approach Christmas Day ‘with bells on’!