Bells Are for Ringing

posted by Sharon February 18, 2013 5 Comments

A dozen vintage cast-iron bells, gathered from churches across America, hang in a tall space in a little chapel. We visited this church last week and discovered the bells. Anyone can walk up, pull a rope, and ring.

The bells aren’t pretty and shiny, but they fill the air with a sound that is sweet, strong, confident, cheerful. Of course, on our visit I had to pull a rope. People sitting around after church smiled as the tones echoed through the stone walls.

Village church bells have rung in a new year, summoned people for meetings, heralded weddings, and tolled for death. Bells are a part of life, and they are made not to decorate a space, but to fill the space with sweetness.

This is on the plaque in the bell cavern: “No matter what your triumph or trial, let the exquisite and singular sound of the bells soothe your soul.”

In the musical “Guys and Dolls,” one of the women sings, “If I were a bell, I’d be ringing.” I like that. We can all “ring” in the space we’re in this week. We can fill the air with sweetness and bring smiles to others.

How about you? How can you ring out this week? How can you soothe the soul of someone with your sweet words?

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Pride in Photos Photography February 18, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Aaahh, Sharon I would of had to ring those bells too!! What fun.

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin February 18, 2013 at 6:55 pm

That is so awesome!! Thanks for sharing with us!

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Ok So Far February 19, 2013 at 3:06 am

Where is this wonderful chapel?! Beautiful post.

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sharonodegaardS February 20, 2013 at 5:06 am

Hi, Patty! This is Skyline in La Mesa. The chapel is off the side as you enter the auditorium area. The church is beautiful — I especially loved the stone walk with names of historical men and women. You should visit. It’s a beautiful, God-honoring place!

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Andrea February 19, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Wow! That is pretty amazing. I bet it sounds so wonderful too.

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