Change your hearts and lives! Turn back to God so that your sins may be wiped away. Then the Lord will provide a season of relief from the distress of this age and he will send Jesus, whom he handpicked to be your Christ.    —Acts 3:19-20

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I love all bells—Tower bells, church bells, and hand bells. Especially during this season. It is a time for joy and thankfulness in celebrating the birth of Jesus. This is a very busy time of the year, but save some time to turn to God and be thankful for all he has done for you. Share with others—it doesn’t have to be things that come in boxes with bows on them: a smile, a warm handshake, a hug, or you and a friend can find a seat and have a cup of coffee or tea.

And while listening to the bells, wherever you are, pray and prepare for the coming of Jesus again. Who knows when? It could be very soon, and we want to be ready. Remember, God is always with you. He can ‘talk’ to you in many ways. For example, he can help you change your mind and do something different from what you had planned. Perhaps you find out later that it was a better and safer idea. I know it has happened to me.

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; anyone who follows me will not walk in darkness.” We need to follow the light. So look for the light and listen to the soothing bells. Pray to God to take away our sins. In addition, be with your family, if you can, and celebrate. Wait, watch, listen and feel the Joy!

God bless you and Merry Christmas.

Pat Smith