To say that Charles Dickins’ A Christmas Carol is a timeless classic is something I can personally attest to. My first encounter with the story was when I was about five or six years old, and it was probably not in a format Mr. Dickins would have recognized. It featured a cartoon character named Mr. Magoo, who was brought to life through the distinctive voice of the late Jim Backus. My next exposure to the story was a far more realistic one. In the mid 1980’s, George C. Scott was stellar in his portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge. I finally got around to actually reading A Christmas Carol shortly after my 30th birthday. After all these years, A Christmas Carol, continues to inspire me regardless of the format. If my own experience is any kind of guide, there is something about Ebenezer’s journey that has stuck with us for almost 200 years. Maybe it’s that like Scrooge, we all know that we are in need of redemption. Somehow, even the least experienced of believers all understand at some instinctive level that we are fallen and that sin in our lives is a problem. Perhaps the story of Scrooge resonates with us so much because it shows us that if Ebenezer Scrooge can be redeemed, then so can we. This Advent season, using Matt Rawle’s book of the same title, we are going to look at the Advent through the eyes of Ebenezer Scrooge, his journey, and what it can mean to us.
December 2nd, Through the eyes of Ebenezer Scrooge, we see how Jesus relentlessly invites us into his peace.
December 9th, With the help of the Ghost of Christmas Past, we see how God does not want our hope to be held hostage by our past.
December 16th, Scrooge is reacquainted with his humanity by the Ghost of Christmas Present and we are reminded that Advent shows us the depths of God’s love for us.
December 23rd, On Christmas morning, Scrooge experiences pure joy because he has come to see that God’s greatest gift to him was his life; and Scrooge’s greatest gift to God was how he used it. It is said that Scrooge “Kept Christmas well” from that day forward. So can we.
I hope that through an old story, we can all find new meaning in a story that’s even older. May we experience the true peace, hope, love and joy that Advent brings this year. And may we share it with a world so in need of the Good News.