Giving for the King – Silver Bells
This is the third week of my favorite Christmas carols. I started with one of my original favorites, The Little Drummer Boy, and last week I looked at a more recent favorite, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.
This week, I continue with the theme of bells, but it comes from an unlikely place.
City sidewalks, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style.
In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas.
Children laughing, People passing
Meeting smile after smile
And on every street corner you’ll hear.
Silver bells, silver bells
It’s Christmas time in the city.
Ring-a-ling, hear them sing.
Soon it will be Christmas day.
Strings of street lights, even stop lights
Blink a bright red and green
As the shoppers rush home with their treasures.
Hear the snow crunch, see the kids bunch.
This is Santa’s big scene.
And above all this bustle you’ll hear.
The video above comes from The Lemon Drop Kid, a movie (yes, black and white) from 1951 with Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell. It is a fun little movie about a gambler and crook who decides to go straight.
There is some debate over the actual inspiration of the song, but I prefer to go with the story that it was inspired by the Santa Clauses and Salvation Army people ringing bells for donations.
It reminds me that we are to help others out of our abundance.
Now, it is all well and good to do something for goodness’ sake, but …
The real reason we should help people is out of the love and compassion given to us by our resurrected Lord and Savior.
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15, NIV
Christmas reminds us of this, because God showed His love through the most unlikely of acts.
He was born as a human baby and laid in a feeding trough. The Creator of everything was born into squalor.
And too often we stop with the birth.
Yet the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, reminds us that He came to save us from our sin and rebellion. His birth reminds us that we must be born again. His birth reminds us that we must show the same love and compassion He shows, and we must take that love and compassion to others.
That is why Silver Bells is one of my favorite Christmas songs. Though a secular song through and through, it reminds me that God has given us all a purpose: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. (James 1:27)
In truth, this means we care for all people whenever we are able.