Christmas is more than just one day
it’s a spirit of hope that shines brightly giving life to all.
Yes, for awhile the world seems a little brighter and the laughter of children fills the air.
I felt it. Did you?
I heard those faintly ringing Christmas bells. Did you?
And there was a moment when they seemed to ring even louder…
Let me tell you about it.
On Christmas Eve when all the preparations were finally made
and after our family gathering
my girls and I got into the car and drove the dark streets.
It was bitter cold that night but no one seemed to mind
and as the car slowly moved along we admired the twinkling lights here and there.
I wondered about the people who lived inside.
Were they filled with happiness this Christmas or was their story one of pain and loss?
I whispered a prayer for peace and that the real meaning of Christmas joy would break through
into these homes.
Silently we drove along the empty streets that night
and our hearts were one with those whose homes we passed.
Many we do not know personally
but at this time of waiting and preparation on Christmas Eve
our journeys joined and the light of understanding and love shone.
God became man and dwelt among us at Christmas.
In the darkness of that moment
the light of His Love shone brightly.
And then before we turned to come home we stopped the car
lowered the car windows
and gazed up into the black, velvet sky overhead.
Tiny stars twinkled and shone their song of Christmas joy.
Diamonds above that usually are ignored
but on this evening and on Christmas Day night we gazed upon with delight.
Bells were ringing it seemed to me
as I looked above and thought of that day so long ago when Jesus was born.
Stars shining today were most likely shining on that glorious night so long ago
that night that changed history.
I could have stayed outside much longer simply drinking in the grandeur.
The cold did not even seem to bother me.
But the time came when we drove home, parked the car and walked up the sidewalk to our home.
Before entering our home though
I turned and looked up one last time.
It was more than magical that night and I treasure the memory deep within my heart.
Seems strange that we rarely go out like this
but I’m going to change that.
Yes, from time to time I’m going to walk outside and gaze upward into the darkness again
and admire those twinkling stars
that continue to sing Christmas joy and peace.
How about you?
Maybe tonight will be just the night that you, too, will see what I have seen
And you, too, will hear the sound of those Christmas bells still ringing.
Tomorrow I will share another extraordinary moment when I heard them.
Yes, I heard those Christmas bells
and I hear them still.
Join me, won’t you?