Music Monday: MercyMe “I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day” – Kindness and Compassion in the World #Kindness #MusicMonday #Christmas #ChristmasSongs #MercyMe

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This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday.

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I’m sharing this song today not only because I love it, but because I had an experience this weekend that made me think of the poem.

On Saturday I ventured out to run errands and stopped to finish some Christmas shopping which I normally never attempt on Saturday. The long drive into the city with traffic, and then dealing with loads of people just isn’t how I wanted to spend my Saturday. I went anyhow, and it was jam-packed. I decided to stop at Barnes and Noble to grab some books. After gathering all my books, my basket was super heavy, and the lines were long. I hopped in line and not long after, a man got behind me who was extremely impatient. He was huffing and puffing after just a minute or two. Then an elderly woman came close to the line and said, “I have to get in line.” She could barely even walk with her cane and had one book in her other hand. I told her she was welcome to go in front of me. My overflowing basket of books were going to take some time to check through. This made the man behind me even angrier as he said, “This is ridiculous!” I kept my mouth shut which was difficult, in fact, in my earlier, ‘angrier’ days I would’ve turned around and told the guy to be quiet and probably not that kindly. When it was my turn, the cashier started to check me out, but she forgot to use my educator discount and had to re-scan everything again, but rather than take the books back out, she chose to type in every single number from the receipt. It was crazy, this lady was rude and didn’t want to do her job, but honestly, the discount was significant enough that I was willing to wait it out. I wished I had the other cashier because she was very kind and patient with her customers. She carried on conversation and talked to her customers about what they were buying and asked things like, “Are you all ready for Christmas?” By the time my cashier was done and I was gathering my bags, the man couldn’t wait to loudly yell, “It’s about time! Finally!” I put a smile on my face and walked toward the door. I looked back and noticed he only had one book in his hand as well. Inside, I was a little perturbed, but I was able to let it go for the most part. I won’t lie, I have issues letting things go easily sometimes, and this experience made me feel a little negative. I got in my car and asked myself why I didn’t just let the man go in front of me as well, but I was irritated with his selfish behavior. He was loud and obnoxious and made me (and likely others) very uncomfortable. I didn’t want to turn around and even deal with him because of it. Had he just asked nicely or explained his situation, if there even was one. I mean, what makes him entitled to go to the front of the line? Should I have done something different? Would it have changed his selfish behavior? Maybe I would’ve felt better?

Sometimes it feels like kindness and compassion has faded in our society, but I remind myself of the patient and friendly cashier to my right, a man at my local library who wiped half my late fees last week when I didn’t even ask for it, and also an employee at Walmart who I overheard saying multiple positive comments to another employee that day.

Is it right to say that kindness still prevails in our world? I think so.


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“I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day”

Lyrics:

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on Earth, good will to men

And thought how as the day had come
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on Earth, good will to men
I can hear them
I can hear them
I can hear them

And in despair I bowed my head
“There is no peace on Earth” I said
For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on Earth, good will to men

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep
God is not dead nor does He sleep
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on Earth, good will to men

I can hear You
I can hear You
I can hear You
I could still hear You
The world can hear You


You can find this on: MercyMe – The Christmas Sessions


Thanks for checking out Music Monday. Have you had a similar experience? What are you listening to this week? Feel free to share your thoughts below. Have a great week everyone!

β€πŸ’šβ€ Mischenko

22 thoughts on “Music Monday: MercyMe “I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day” – Kindness and Compassion in the World #Kindness #MusicMonday #Christmas #ChristmasSongs #MercyMe

  1. This is one of my very favorite carols, especially knowing its history. It always amazes me that during the season when we should be celebrating peace and love, people are at their very worst. I did, quite nearly, all of my shopping online this year for that reason but that also seems very anti-social. We shouldn’t have to hide in our homes because people are getting so bad – but they really are. 😦 It’s why I spend so much time online where I can limit the people with whom I interact – wonderful people like you and your mom. πŸ™‚

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    1. Me too, Mackey. I love the poem and didn’t know its history up until a few years ago when I took the time to look up the author.

      Like you, I did most of my shopping on Amazon because we are so rural, but I do miss the shopping experiences from my past at our local malls, etc. I just can’t deal with it though. You are so sweet! We feel the same about you and I’m very thankful for the wonderful people I’ve met through blogging and Goodreads. Thanks for sharing your thoughts too. If we don’t chat before then, I hope you have a very Merry Christmas! πŸ’šβ€πŸ’š

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  2. I can empathize with your experience and emotions about it. First, I think you did a fantastic job, Mischenko! At the same time you were dealing with a loud, impatient man behind you and a cashier who probably wanted to be somewhere else, you still HEARD the bells (like in the song)! You didn’t miss the elderly woman in need or the friendly cashier. And I think that’s exactly what the song is about. Sure, the world has issues. But what we focus on is what grows. Not to get heavy, but it’s like the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares (my favorite). Whatever we focus on will grow!!! Thanks for sharing this and Merry Christmas! (P.S. Hopefully the impatient man had time to reflect why the woman was invited in front of you and why he wasn’t. There was a good lesson there!)

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    1. Thanks, Julia! What you said is perfect and I’m going to keep that in mind. I was really just shocked that he would fuss over an elderly woman anyway. She clearly had a hard time walking and his behavior was just so selfish. I don’t know why he was in a hurry or what he had going on. I wish I did because maybe I could’ve thought differently about his behavior. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! I appreciate it so much. πŸ’šβ€πŸ’š Merry Christmas to you too! πŸŽ„

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  3. Knowing me and my mouth I would have turned around and snapped at him. I am the type of person that will hold a door or allow someone else ahead and simply smile and say hello to a stranger as I pass by but irritate me like that and he would have heard some kind of comment so honestly I think you did wonderfully for not saying anything. πŸ™‚

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    1. Lol, I hear you, Carrie. I think I would’ve in my younger years. I just bit my tongue. It always feels good to do nice things for others, doesn’t it? Thanks so much for weighing in on it. I appreciate your thoughts! Merry Christmas! β€πŸŽ„β€

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  4. starjustin

    I love this post! Mercy Me is awesome and the lyrics ‘tell it all’ I think we have to stick to our beliefs that kindness will shine through. I would like to believe that the majority of people in the world are mindful and kind. πŸŽ„πŸ’•

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    1. They are! I love the way they changed the song too. Just beautiful. I agree with your thoughts and want to believe that the majority of people are kind. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! πŸ’šπŸŽ„πŸ’š

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    1. So true! I wondered if whether he was late getting somewhere or had other things going on. Who knows what it could be. If he would’ve said nicely that he was in a hurry I would’ve moved aside. I get that people are stressed too, but the yelling and stuff is hard to deal with. I really just wish they would think about how their behavior affects others. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on it! β€πŸ’šβ€

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  5. Great post and great song choice, Jenn! 😊 Good for you for not treating him in the same way he was treating others. Unfortunately, I find myself in similar situations all too often. “Hate is strong” but “God is not dead”. And Jonetta’s right… you never know what’s going on in someone’s life. Not that personal problems give someone the right to be rude, but sometimes a kindness in the face of rudeness could be a light in someone’s dark life.

    Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you. (Isaiah 54:10) πŸ™πŸ’›

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    1. Thanks, Bonnie. I love what you’ve said here and so glad that you shared your thoughts. I don’t know anything about this man or his circumstances. I feel that I’ve learned something from this experience and everyone’s thoughts on it. It’s a wonderful Bible verse too and I’m going to highlight it now! Hugs ❀ xoxo

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    1. I thought that too, I mean, I expected it which is why I really didn’t want to go on a Saturday. Plus the lady who clearly didn’t like her job. It’s Christmas and an establishment like that is naturally going to get more business. Thanks, Teri. β€πŸ’šβ€

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  6. Don’t feel bad about about not ‘helping’ him. Maybe he’ll have his own chance to calm down too and see kindness in others. I’m grateful that there are still sweet and kind people out there and I’m always happy to come across them or read about them. I too have gotten a bit anti-social about going out shopping… butI still like going to small local shops πŸ™‚

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing that. Line-ups can be the worst. I try my best to be kind even when they aren’t but don’t always succeed. It’s hard sometimes. Good for you for not snapping back (though I know how hard it must have been). I hope your next shopping trip goes much better ❀

    I love this song! Thanks again for sharing!!

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    1. Thanks, Dee. I appreciate your thoughts on this. I just hope whatever was bothering him, if anything, is resolved. We are all different for sure! β€πŸ’šβ€ How are you doing? I’ve been meaning to message and check up on you. I hope you’re feeling better. 😘 xoxo

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  8. Oh Jen, I think you have the patience of Job. You should be very happy with the way you reacted. I agree completely with what Julia Ash said above. You still heard the bells and acted accordingly. I was out and about all day today and was actually pleasantly surprised at the how everyone was behaving (except while driving of course) and I head a lot of Merry Christmases and saw many smiles. There will always be those who are unhappy and want to spread that to everyone else, but keep smiling and there will be those who will smile back. πŸ˜€πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜„πŸ˜

    I also love your choice of song by the way.

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