Message Eight: Bells are ringing

“Silver Bells Ring in Stockbridge Village, Mass.”

(Hometown of Norman Rockwell)


“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”

~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol


Do you ever have the feeling you want to press the replay button on your remote, rushing hither and yon, only to realize this is real life?  Are you giving full attention to LIFE and to those who are turning your face to theirs?

If the world and all its concerns are too much with us, we may pass His Presence by, unseeing, oblivious to all the wonders of His Joy.



Once, my disciples remarked to me that someone was using My Name who was not yet a follower and that they had rebuked him.  I answered them…    “Don’t stop him! Anyone who is not against you is for you.” (Luke 9:50)

That is so with the world celebration of My birth.  I do not worry over  commercialism…rather My eyes search for hearts searching for Me.  Their yearning is evident in multitudes of references to the “magic of the season” and ” Christmas is a time for miracles.”   That’s why into this longing, I make universal festivity to catch in the heart, unfold this season in delight and wonder…simply sing into every listening soul…

Today… listen for the silver bells ringing.

Delight in evergreen and scarlet festooned like my banner of Love and Joy over you.

Take note of simple beauties, like rainbow reflections in puddling snow melt or rain on the road.

Sing along to carols piping in the mall… remembering wonders of my Joy.

Purpose to live in the Past, Present and Future and never shut out My Spirit in them each.   There is warmth and light in memory, in today, in a world to come.

As with the stars and rocks and sea, all that reflects beauty and true joy and light REVEALS ME.  Do not discount the festivity of garland strung with color and song…the Christmas Tree bedecked in jewel and memory… for into the world My Birth is sung…to many who would not hear of Me in any other way.  

When you are out and about, milling amongst the crowds, lift them up to Me.  Ask Me to breathe My Spirit of understanding into their spirits. To open ears to Light they are hearing sung all round.  To open eyes to the True Gift that is Christmas.  To soften hearts, to draw all men unto Me.  Ask Me to bring forth conversations of Glory.   Yea… the very rocks… the very accoutrements of the season… call out My Name.  Written in the stars.



To Ponder:

Let this thought ring inside you…

Joy to the World!  Your King has Come! 

Because… you mean everything to Him. 

© Pam Depoyan

This is the eighth post in my December Christmas House Calendar theme… similar to an Advent Calendar where you “open a door” to receive a message.  In this case, one born of prayer and whispers from our “not so secret admirer.”  Mark your calendar to come back here often this month for more “secret messages!” 

Missed the introduction to this Christmas House Calendar Theme?  If you’d like to catch up or read any of the posts for this month, you’ll find them here:

  Christmas Calendar House Joy

“Silver Bells Ring in Stockbridge Village, Mass.” now on display and available for purchase at my new gallery in  my “Picture It in Pen and Ink” blog  —  Christmas Wonder

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6 Responses to Message Eight: Bells are ringing

  1. Beautiful Pam, and this is the second time I have run across this Dickens quote, the first compared it to the verse, Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forevermore. Hebrews 13:8

  2. carlielake says:

    Thank you, Pam. I love this idea – ‘When you are out and about, milling amongst the crowds, lift them up to Me.’ What a great opportunity to pray for so many who may not really grasp the true meaning of Christmas.

    • Thanks, Carlie… Yes… so much opportunity in this. I sense the Lord calling us to do this not only at Christmas too, but in all our ways… praying for those on the roads around us etc, asking His protection all around us too in this world…

  3. I would like to re-introduce myself again to you, Pam. Remember me, Lolita of the Philippines. Since coming to Palawan under OM Philippines, OM International, the runner of MV Logos Hope, I was disconnected, mainly because where we are in the mountains, there is no electricity and no internet/wifi. Then because of this, I could not get back to my previous blog and gmail because I really could not recall my password.

    Anyway, here I am again longing for Apples of Gold. Merry Christmas and I wish you all the things that are tagged with the season……all about JESUS and what He brings to the world.

    • So nice to hear from you, Lolita. 🙂 Of course, I remember you! I’ve missed hearing from you and often pray for you. Hope you are able to keep connecting or at least reading now. Many blessings to you this Christmas season – yes, all about Jesus at the heart of Christmas True Meaning and His Glory! 🙂

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