The Bell

December 6, 2017
By Becky Tolbert, Assistant Director of Children's Ministry

The origin of the bell is unknown. My best guess is that one of my children probably brought home a Christmas craft with an attached bell. Pretty soon, we noticed a jingle in our car as we went around curves, causing the bell to roll across the floorboard of the back seat. I remember making attempts to get that annoying bell out of the car, but somehow it stayed.

The bell stayed through Christmas and into the next year. My close Christian friend, Emily, had a similar bell in her car. When I rode in her car one day, we discussed the irritating jingle bell sound. Emily surprised me by saying she leaves the bell in her car to remind her of God’s gift of His son, Jesus. Interesting concept….

Could the jingle of a little bell be God’s way of saying:

  • Remember the gift of my Son.
  • Remember that I love you always.
  • As you go around the curves of your life, I am there.
  • Speak to me in prayer when you hear the jingle.
  • Is your conversation in the car pleasing to me?
  • Don’t be a quiet Christian. Speak boldly about your faith.
  • Life is messy, like a stray bell. I am your God through it all.
  • Listen to what I am saying through people, the Word, and circumstances.
  • Keep your focus on me and off the things of the world.
  • Are you giving me your best?

When a new car was purchased, our bell moved to the coffee table in the house. From It’s a Wonderful Life comes the line, “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.” Today the bell also reminds me of those who have gone before me to be with Jesus.

Have you heard a jingle bell today? Listen closely.

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Becky Tolbert, Assistant Director of Children’s Ministry