While on my way to church at noon on Christmas Eve, I could not help but notice the heavy traffic on almost every road and the hurrying spirit that seemed to accompany almost every driver. Everyone was rushing to get somewhere as quickly as possible. Everyone seemed to be on edge as they rushed to wherever they were going and any real sense of what this time of the year is all about was nowhere to be found. Cars were darting in and around me impatiently. People were quick to lay on their horns if someone was moving too slowly, and facial expressions, moving lips, and obscene hand signs accompanied drivers who were impeded by a slower moving vehicle.
As I got to the corner of Allen Road and Outer Drive, I had my window down because of the mild temperature outside. All of a sudden, I heard church bells ringing. I could not make out the tune they were playing because I was in the middle of the intersection, but I knew that the sound was coming from the Saint Mary Magdalene's Church on Outer Drive. Captured by the sound of the bells, I wanted to hear what they were playing. I pulled over into the S.E.M.T.A. lot at Outer Drive and Allen Road and listened to the music.
I've uploaded a recording of the bells playing. It was a wonderful joy to hear the music and reflect on what Jesus came to do for all of us who believe and the real reason for the season. I hope you'll enjoy the video of the bells playing as your take a couple of minutes to remember why these bells were actually playing and not be like the cars and people passing by without one minute of reflection as to why those bells were being played. Jesus Christ came to liberate us from the hold of sin and death in all of our lives. As free men and women, we should be thankful and continually rejoicing in his gracious and precious gift of liberty and freedom from death and sin.
"Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof..." - Leviticus 25:10
Stay Holy, My Friends & Merry Christmas!