GHOST OF CHRISTMAS YET TO BE

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“The Phantom slowly, gravely, silently, approached. When it came near him, Scrooge bent down upon his knee; for in the very air through which this Spirit moved it seemed to scatter gloom and mystery. It was shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its head, its face, its form, and left nothing of it visible save one outstretched hand.  It thrilled Scrooge with a vague uncertain horror, to know that behind the mask there were eyes staring at him.”  Charles Dickens – “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”

The Grim Reaper- the Final Chapter – The Grave – Kicking the Bucket – all terms that strike fear into the hearts of most.  We don’t like to talk about it.  We often don’t plan for it.  We never know when it will come, but we know it will.  Death is on the same level as taxes as Benjamin Franklin once said.  “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

Some day, we’ll all experience this passage from life, when we’ll take our last inhalation and succumb to death’s boney grip.  Scrooge feared this ghost the most – as many do.  When we think about death, it can mean tears, wondering what lies ahead, what we’re leaving behind, the tug of heartstrings as loved ones mourn their loss.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we didn’t have to go through this process?  Even our Lord grew sad and shed tears as He cried for the death of a friend.  We cling tightly to life, because it’s all we know right now.

But won’t it be wonderful on the other side of eternity?  To live again in a perfect world where tears no longer exist – to feel no pain – to live as God intended us to live, would be sheer paradise.

In this last visit by the heavily shrouded Ghost of Christmas yet to be, pointed to Scrooge’s grave.  He saw the future and the fact that his death was imminent, yet he was given a second chance.  So he used his second chance to turn from his miserly, greedy, success oriented life.  He would become a new man.

Redemption is like that.  When we take a good look at our lives and ask God for forgiveness, we’re exhibiting repentant hearts.  God loves it when we come to Him that way.  Salvation comes through Him alone and He makes it possible for us to live this life to the fullest.  Better yet, He provides a paradise for us in heaven after we leave this one, so it’s a win-win situation.

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About atimetoshare.me

As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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17 Responses to GHOST OF CHRISTMAS YET TO BE

  1. I really like the 3 posts on The Christmas Carol

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  2. How much good for the Lord we would all do if we remembered what my mother used to call, “the end of life test.” She meant simply that we should prioritize those people and things that we would value most on our death beds. Wonderful post, dear Kathy! So timely and powerful. You are such an excellent writer! ❤

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  3. I think you are! You write daily ( sometimes more than one post), and all of your poststell such wonderful stories. And your style is so conversational. If that’s not excellent writing, I don’t know what is. 🙂

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  4. Wally Fry says:

    Most excellent my friend.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Why thank you, most excellent friend.

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      • Wally Fry says:

        I got way behind in case you didn’t notice.

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      • atimetoshare.me says:

        I did notice. How is your other writing going? This is such a busy time of year for most of us. I imagine the city of Bethlehem was a bit busy too, with all those people coming for the census. How cool, that God orchestrates even the busy times of our lives to his glory.

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      • Wally Fry says:

        Well, I just submitted them on the 1st. No feedback yet, and I am nervous. I have never had anything looked at by “real” editors before! Also, then next set of outlines arrived yesterday, so off I do again. Let’s see. Worked 7 days last week. Teach on every Sunday night, and every 5th Sunday morning. Choir practice for the Christmas Cantata twice a week for a few weeks. Nursing home two evenings a week to sing with them. Um…I’m sort of busy LOL. On the good side, I am about to take 7 days off, and I have been forbidden to take phone calls or look at anything work related on the laptop! How is your Holiday going?

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      • atimetoshare.me says:

        A bit crazy for me. Last year I was all ready for the holiday, but this year I’m back at working for a theater as stage manager for a show, which means I’m working 4 hours a day every night this week and full days on the weekends. Back in the thick of it, but I must admit I missed it. God bless your writing. I love it!

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      • Wally Fry says:

        Wow, you are busy. That is basically full time work you just described! And thanks for the encouragement, Kathy.

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      • atimetoshare.me says:

        You are always in my prayers!

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