Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Lessons from "A Christmas Carol," Part Deux

Today is the second day of peering into the time-honored story "A Christmas Carol."  Remember, from yesterday, we turned the Christmas ghosts into angels for our more spiritual journey with Mr. Scrooge on Christmas Eve...
The second angel takes Mr. Scrooge on a trip through present-day Christmas and opens his eyes to the world. He is oblivious to the suffering around him, even to the life of poverty his own associate is living.  Thanks to Mr. Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and his family are living in want, under Scrooge's very nose. Yet, despite their meager circumstances, the Cratchit home is filled with love. A love that, even with all his wealth, Scrooge does not have in his life. The angel also shows Scrooge a glimpse of the “surplus population” as Scrooge calls the poor and needy. By seeing them as real human beings, he put faces to their need and even the hardest of hearts can begin to soften.  God often urges us to open our eyes to those around us, even those we see daily.  Are they real humans to us or just "surplus population?" Often we don’t understand others who are different from us and, what we do not understand, we tend to fear and avoid. Could this second angel open our eyes along with Mr. Scrooge? Love, heidi

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