I am in love with Christmas time. Aren’t you? I love the songs, the decorations, the Hallmark Channel, the Christmas Devotional, the warmer hearts and softer faces. I adore the spirit of giving, and the attitude of peace that presses forward a bit more than usual, softening the aura of this world just a bit. It’s beautiful.

There are more loving and joyful things to see. And beautiful things to hear. If we have the eyes and ears, we can participate in Higher Things. We have the blessings of tuning into the wonders that connect us to the Christ Child, who came as Prince of Peace, bringing goodness and gladness.
These words from The Polar Express are well- expressive. They indicate, I think, the feeling of any of us who believe.
Do you hear the bell???

“At one time most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I’ve grown old the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.”  

This Christmas season, I’m working on being a better Believer. A more childlike one. One that is more pure. As we celebrate His birth, this season really does become a build-up to the Holy Day we celebrate at the occasion on which the Son of the Living God came to earth, born of Mary, in the City of David. He was to be the Savior, come to grant us the gift that only He could offer a way Home.

I wonder What does He hear that I cannot? How can I tune my heart so I better hear the blessed things of the Redeemer? So that I hear the voice of one who needs the gift of my time, or one who quietly urgently- needs to feel just a smidgeon of the Savior’s love?

I can’t offer His Holy kind of pure love, but I can offer my mite. It may just be exactly enough.

The hymn “Ring Out Wild Bells” is a classic, beautiful one.

This season, I’m ready to ring out loudly, ecstatically, wholly, wildly. Ring out, so to speak, with my very being. In joy and gratitude for the gift a loving Father offered me. I hope I can better hear the heavenly sounds on an ongoing basis that will grant me an ever-growing, sweeter relationship with my Father in Heaven and with my Savior, His Only Begotten.

When He speaks, I want to hear it. When the angels sing, I want to hear them. When the Spirit whispers, I want to feel it.

If we listen very carefully, and with our hearts, we may hear Him. Often.Personally.Powerfully.Joyfully.

Do you hear it?


VickeyPahnke Taylor is a wife, mom, and grandmother who joined the LDS Church as a teenager.  She has worked for many years to share her testimony of Jesus Christ with other folks. Please visit her website at www.goodnessmatters.com  She created this site, her latest venture, as a place to share goodness and offer a bit of hope in simple, real ways. 

Her propensity for being the queen of embarrassing moments notwithstanding, “It’s a Wonderful Life”  is her theme.  She has taught Church youth & family programs for more than 25 years, has written books, hundreds of columns, & created hundreds of songs all with the intent of growing goodness and pointing people to Christ.  She also writes for the website  www.nauvootimes.com .

Vickey loves nature, going on drives with her husband, laughter, her kids and grandchildren, and eating brownies. She teaches Gospel Doctrine in her ward. Her husband, Dean, serves on the High Council.