I always thought that “A Christmas Carol” was just another of those dark Dickens stories filled with hopeless characters. I now see it as a story of a man’s redemption. I think if each of us were allowed to travel in Scrooge’s dreamlike time machine, we might all be afforded the same result Scrooge experienced.
Looking at my Christmases past, I remember my dad always waiting until the last minute to buy our tree, because he wanted to get the best price on it. He worked hard for everything he ever got out of life. There were always presents. I don’t remember many of them anymore, but I do remember times of wonder and excitement. My sister and I were in charge of decorating the tree under the judgmental eye of my dad. I thought he was way too critical, because we threw on tinsel in huge globs so it didn’t really matter where the ornaments and lights were. I remember Christmas music and a huge tree in church. It was about 50’ tall and freshly cut from some member’s land, so the smell of the north woods permeated the sanctuary.
One of the biggest things I remember is never having much money. What I didn’t realize then, was the sacrifices my parents had to make for us. Even as I began my own family, there never seemed to be enough, but the important things was time spent together.
Christmas present has placed me in the golden years of life.,giving me time to reflect, to refresh and rejuvenate as I decide what lies ahead. We now enjoy the charm of a house from the late 19th century. Even though the floors are uneven, it’s as if God prepared it just for us.
Looking into the future, I could be consumed with thoughts of the grave, but God has other plans for me. Not sure what they are, but I never was, so I’ll continue to press on through the next chapter.
As Scrooge’s heart softened through his journey, the tale of a heart redeemed gives us hope too. We can choose to be like the old humbug Scrooge or become new again through the love that God gave us on that first Christmas eve.
Lord, help me realize that you are the light of the world radiating from a humble cradle. Live in my heart now as my Redeemer and King. Amen!