And in that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of their gloom and darkness. (Isaiah 29:18 MKJV)
The movie “D-Day” played at the post theater in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. My father attended the Command and General Staff Officer College, I attended sixth grade at a local elementary school. While my father rarely spoke of his war experiences with the glider regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, I recall him saying he’d heard about a particular experience recounted in the movie, of a paratrooper.
It happened in Ste. Marie Eglise, France, that a soldier’s parachute caught the church steeple, suspending him above the ground. He remained there for hours. Once the unit secured the city, he was helped down. But he couldn’t hear. It seems the church bells rang and rang throughout the time he hung from the steeple. He was church-bell deaf. Once at the medical unit, medics tried to scream loudly to him, but he still couldn’t hear.
On D-Day, in this French town, a church bell sounded victory. It sounded on and on as a battle raged. It sounded victory even before victory came. It sounded the coming of victory.
I can’t recall the last time I’ve heard a church bell ring out its call to the faithful: its call of fellowship; its call to prayer; its call to worship. But perhaps I’ve not been listening. Perhaps I’ve not heard one because I’m deaf to something that I’ve tuned out. There’s a lot of noise in our cities these days. Perhaps in a small town somewhere, on Sunday morning, when the busy times of the week have passed, I’ll hear the bells call.
I think about the ears of none-church-going folks who, by the weekend, are overwhelmed by the cares of the world. Are they sort of church-bell deaf too, to the call of our Messiah, our Christ. Have they heard it all before, the evangelizing, the tracts, the Christians who invite them to attend church. I think, “What does it take to open these deaf ears to the call of Y’shuaJesus?”
Devotionals reach the hearts of believers. What reaches the heart of the unbeliever? We are called to take the Gospel throughout the world. We are called to live the Gospel, and be the light to the world. We are all called. Period. Each has a different gift to give.
So here’s what I think. I think we each, guided by the Holy Spirit, do our part in opening the ears of the church-bell deaf. I don’t think we take all the ear wax out at once, either. Perhaps our Lord, in His wisdom, allows each of us to do a small part in opening the ears. Seeds planted by one, watered by another. And why not? We are all One Body with many parts.
Are these only clichés? I hope not. My prayer is that today we all over our days as a witness of the redemption we’ve experienced in Christ, the joy of His salvation. His salvation is a living salvation in us, in our lives.
May G-d have mercy upon us, and upon those to whom we are called to reach, one bit at a time.
Lord Bless, Keep, Shine