“Bells are typically rung to announce a major life event or occasion. They are rung on both joyous and sad occasions including both weddings and funerals. Bells are rung at Christmas to announce and celebrate the birth of Jesus.” (www.christmaslore.com/the_history_of_christmas_bells.html)
As we think about our grief journeys and the ringing of bells, let’s not forget that along with proclaiming His coming, Christmas bells also reflect the peace and comfort we can experience because of His arrival. Luke 2:13-14 says, “Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.’”
Jesus brings us unusual peace. In John 14:27 and 16:33 He says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Jesus brings us extraordinary comfort. In John 14:1-4 He says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you may also be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
- What peace and comfort has His coming brought to you as you walk your journey of grief?
- What will you and your family do this Christmas to commemorate Jesus’ birth and the memory of your child?
Although the season and Christmas Day can be especially difficult for grieving parents, we at BASIS wish you a blessed Christmas as you experience God walking with you personally in your journey of grief.