The sounding of a bell can mean a lot of things, but one thing is certain, it is meant to garner our attention. The school bell means school begins or ends, or classes need to be changed, but always it is meant to require attention and action. In a monastery the sounding is a call to prayer with “all speed.” A dinner bell at a ranch or large sprawling home means “wash up and come eat.” I bet you can think of an example in your childhood where a bell was meant to be obeyed and not ignored.

God rings few audible bells, except the beautiful music I hear outside my window from the neighboring churches. But, God does call us to pay attention – to recognize there’s no place for you at this moment than to be here and to be alert and attentive to his presence. He calls us to listen with more than our ears, but to have attentive hearts, eyes, noises, and feelings. We find his presence in the smell of honeysuckle, or in the smile of a young child, or in a thousand other ways.

We find God in every moment of our lives, clearly, like a ringing bell.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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