Wednesday, December 24, 2008

God Bless Us Everyone!

It's Christmas Eve. My family is preparing to go to church and have our traditional potato soup. Another one of our traditions is to watch A Christmas Carol Our favorite version is the one with George C. Scott. He makes a mean bitter-hearted Scrooge. The story begins with Mr. Scrooge seeing the face of his dead partner, Marley, in a door knocker. Creepy! A couple of years ago we were in London and I found a "Scrooge" door knocker. I took a picture and think it is a perfect example of Scrooge's experience.

By the end of tale,Scrooge has changed his heart toward God and his fellow man. In the end of story he is described by author Charles Dickens as "Scrooge was better than his word. He became as good a friend, as good a master and as good a man as the good old city knew...Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the onset.

Tonight as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, let the world laugh at us. Yet let's invite them to Christmas service with us. Let's be kind-hearted. Let's be generous in callous world. Let's proclaim the good news of Jesus--the Baby, our Savior.

And as Tiny Tim,the little boy in A Christmas Carol, would proclaim, "God bless us every one!"

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