the joy of the holidays – giving and receiving, is upon us! It was just a week
before Christmas that Charles Dickens published A Christmas Carol in the
year 1843. The many books this author wrote reveals his deep Christian faith
and the principles of a moral life. His most infamous character, Scrooge, is
the story of a heart transformed, or should we say re-born? It’s no wonder
Dickens called this work-of-art his “ghostly little book,” for Christ reflects
all over the pages.
analyze the character of Scrooge, like ours, we see the light and darkness of
life, salvation, and a second chance of God’s blessings. Three spirits visited
him: The Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost
of Christmas Yet to Come. Let’s begin with the first spirit…
Ghost of Christmas Past
Ghost of Christmas Past reflects on Scrooge’s younger years. Similar to us, there
is happiness, sorrows, and perhaps even regrets. We struggle to find the true
meaning of life. Where do we fit in, and what is our purpose? We work so hard
to achieve comfort, security, and the American dream. However, we avoid
suffering and challenges to preserve our dignity and self-worth. Soon, it
becomes clear those ghosts will eventually reappear to haunt us later in life.
Just as Scrooge learned, bad decisions leave us fearful, confused, shaken, and
empty, and we carry them into the rest of our years.
Ghost of Christmas Present
is now absorbed by the worries and burdens of wealth. Consumed in running his
business and providing for his own needs, he cared little about others. His
happiness equated to money and possessions, but ironically, he is the most
unhappy character. Our Ghost of Christmas Present opens the door to glimpse how
quickly we alienate friends and family with self-centered actions of greed. The
lack of helping others in need placed Scrooge in the category of being a
miserly, old man. How would others see us too?
characters in The Christmas Carol opened their hearts to Scrooge. His
nephew, Fred, encouraged him to be a part of his life and home, even at
Christmas. Scrooge grumbled, “Bah humbug.” His employee, Bob Cratchit, wanted him
to participate in fundraising for charity. Still Scrooge quickly snubbed such a
crazy idea. Cratchit tried to make him see that joy should come from our
treasures – family, friends, life, and love – not material goods.
characteristic of imprisoning ourselves with possessions, if we don’t share
with our neighbors, is synonymous with a lack of love and compassion for
others. Jesus warns us in the Bible we can’t take earthly things with us when
we pass from this world. So what’s the point of it all?
have a revelation to ponder… what if God only gave us our blessings to give to
others who really need them? What if they were not meant for your exclusive
joy of Christmas should reflect a smile of happiness when someone receives a
gift of love, yes? I know many say that presents are not what the reason for
the season is about, am I right? Jesus was our gift from God. He walked the
earth to teach us how to live graciously, godly, and always to serve others.
What better time than the season of giving, to follow in His footsteps?
realizes his selfishness and sins, and a change soon comes.
Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
“conversion” points to finding his salvation based on redemption and charity.
He walked the streets with a smile, greeted everyone, helped beggars, and
glowed the love of God. Though many were apprehensive of his attitude change,
they discovered some significant event, indeed, altered his life. Isn’t this
how everyone, one day, falls into God’s grace? We realize this life is more
comfortable in a relationship with our Savior. When we break our own mortality,
our hearts soften for others.
gave Scrooge a second chance to make it right, and He does this for us too! Our
life should be a journey of service to the Lord.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
May everyone be blessed with a beautiful Christmas! Give and receive with a gracious heart to your family, workplace, and community. It is the three ghosts commandment – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!
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