BEHIND THE BELL – Twelfth Day of Ringing


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Observations from 12 Days of Ringing the Kettle Bell for The Salvation Army
My twelfth day of ringing the bell for The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign presented the story of a fellow bell-ringer. I felt it appropriate it came to my attention on the last day of my blog series.
I met “Esther” the first weekend of ringing. I rang the day shift and she rang the night shift. We exchanged shortened life stories. I was saddened to hear of the difficulties this young woman faced.
However, she soon brought good news, as I handed her the kettle bell for the night. She had found permanent employment. It was to be her last weekend of ringing. She promised to stop by and visit, regardless.
Little did we know the terrible circumstances that would bring us together again.
The next time I saw Esther, it was obvious she had been crying. We stood beside general lobby traffic as she filled me in on the last week of her life. Her infant daughter had passed away from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Esther was devastated.
“I wanted to come by and tell you personally, Kim. You were always so kind to me,” she stated. Together, we wept over a phone photo of her child. I hugged her tightly, as I whispered my love and concern and encouragement.
We never know how God will use us when we step out in faith.
Enter the Salvation Army.
When the local Salvation Army branch heard about Esther’s heartbreak, they immediately stepped in with counseling, arranging a new home for Esther and her other children and making sure the grief-stricken young family had a Christmas this season.
Thank you, Salvation Army, for stepping into young Esther’s life during such a traumatic time.
Thank you for your for restoring my Christmas focus this year. My ringing for you this season and my research for this blog series has taught me the many ways you continue to be the hands of Jesus to a hurting world. You have a contributor for life.
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