Bells

I hear
bells ringing
such a sweet sound

announcing
a baby's baptism
a confirmation
of Christ's gift

I hear
the bells laughing
a joyful one
a voice
of commitment
a covenant

a calling
a wedding
to celebrate
to bless the Lord
a unity of two
different persons
made one
in God's eyes
and men

I hear
the bells dancing
a story to tell
a recess from a class
or to hear the Word of God
to kneel before Christ
in the church's altar
a time to sleep
a time to wake up

I hear
the bells crying
a passing
a death
separation

yet I hear a different bell
music
a song of welcome
heralding
our souls
we are home
in heaven
in the arms of our Lord

by Rita Umali

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