December 17, 2009 by Stacy McDonald
We watched “A Christmas Carol” (Patrick Stewart version) with some of the older children last night. One of the most moving parts to me is the scene where the “Spirit of Christmas Present” takes Scrooge on a whirlwind visit to see all the people simultaneously singing “Silent Night” in various parts of the world…in prison, on a ship in the middle of the ocean (where they sang in a different language), in a lighthouse amidst a snow storm etc.
It was powerful to hear “Christ the Savior is Born” sang across the globe – sometimes by people who likely don’t even know Him. How can we as Christians squelch His name being praised by arguing over whether or not we should celebrate Christmas?
When Scrooge awakes Christmas morning to discover he is still alive and has been given another chance to live a life for good this time, it made me think of the day I was born again. Though Scrooge could hardly contain his joy because he had been spared “hell on earth” and given a chance to “keep Christmas” in his heart “all the year,” all I could think was, “Praise Jesus, man! Call on His name or this is just a fleeting, temporary reprieve. Your hell is yet to come!”
While Dickens doesn’t get past the “good works” mentality, he surely depicts well the misery of living a joyless, selfish life – and one man’s garden of regrets. Many good things to ponder in this classic. But what I come away with most of all is what a wonderful opportunity we have during the Christmas season to point those around us to Christ and to share with family and friends the loveliness of Christian living. God bless us, every one.