Bluebells have long been symbolic of humility and gratitude. They are associated with constancy, gratitude and everlasting love.
The Gospel bells are ringing,
Over land, from sea to sea:
Blessèd news of free salvation
Do they offer you and me.
“For God so loved the world
That His only Son He gave;
Whosoe’er believeth in Him
Everlasting life shall have.”
Gospel bells, how they ring;
Over land from sea to sea;
Gospel bells freely bring
Blessèd news to you and me.
The Gospel bells invite us
To a feast prepared for all;
Do not slight the invitation,
Nor reject the gracious call.
“I am the Bread of life;
Eat of Me, thou hungry soul;
Tho’ your sins be red as crimson,
They shall be as white as wool.”
The Gospel bells give warning,
As they sound from day to day,
Of the fate which doth await them
Who forever will delay.
“Escape ye, for thy life;
Tarry not in all the plain,
Nor behind thee look, oh, never,
Lest thou be consumed in pain.”
The Gospel bells are joyful,
As they echo far and wide,
Bearing notes of perfect pardon,
Thro’ a Savior crucified.
“Good tidings of great joy
To all people do I bring,
Unto you is born a Savior,
Which is Christ the Lord and King.”
-Words & Music: S. Wesley Martin, in Gospel Hymns Nos. 1 to 6 Complete, by Ira D. Sankey et al. (Chicago, Illinois: The Biglow & Main Company, 1895),
About the bluebells…
Matthew 5:12, Romans 5:3, Philippians 1:29
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance. For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him.
2 Chronicles 36:16, James 5:10
But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the LORD was aroused against his people and there was no remedy. Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.
Acts 7:52, 1 Thessalonians 2:15
Was there ever a prophet your fathers did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him–who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to all men
James 1:2, Revelation 6:10
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds! They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?”
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
And will not God avenge the wrongs of His own People who cry aloud to Him day and night, although He seems slow in taking action on their behalf? I can guarantee that he will give them justice quickly. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man.
Jesus, I am greatly humbled and deeply grateful that my name has gained entry in the Lamb’s Book of Life!