Observations of A Bell-ringer . . . Those Who Are Called?
By Denise Schmeer
Woohoo! I was so excited to be a bell-ringer for the Salvation Army this year. As a child (and even as an adult), I knew it was Christmas time when I heard the Salvation Army red kettle bells. Plus, it reminded me of my Dad who very much admired the work of this organization . . . something he experienced as a young soldier serving in Europe during WWII.
Anyhow, my expectations of this bell-ringing adventure and what happened were somewhat different. I had no idea so many people would stop and tell me their stories! Who knew . . . as I had hoped to be a blessing . . . I was so blessed.
Every passerby heard, “Merry Christmas” or “Have a blessed day.” Those who stopped to chat . . . well, sometimes I would even have a chance to ask a name or if they would like me to pray for them. Incredible!!
There was the WWII veteran who remembered how the Salvation Army gave the troops hot coffee when they came into port . . . the sweet grandmother who talked lovingly about her granddaughter up north . . . the woman who said money was so scare she didn’t think she could make a donation, but came back with her husband anyway . . . the adorable little girl with her Dad, who told me she was a Christmas princess . . . the man who told me this funny joke about the little boy who wrote letters to Jesus about wanting a bicycle for Christmas. The list goes on.
But, what really struck me was how easily people with blank stares and down cast eyes would just light up when they heard “Merry Christmas” and my smile connected with them. How hungry our very own community is for the love of Christ!
So let us not become tired of doing good; for if we do not give up, the time will come when we will reap the harvest (Galatians 6:9 GNT)
So for every blessing each of us passed along this Christmas season, with every “Merry Christmas” we spoke into someone else’s life, that we were shining the Love of Christ. In our own way, we were feeding the spiritually hungry and comforting the lonely heart. And I pray, that this Christmas renewed and strengthened our resolve to Go throughout the whole world and preach the gospel to all people (Mark 16:15 GNT)