Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Lessons from "A Christmas Carol," Part Three

 Our final journey with Mr. Scrooge and the "angels" of Christmas past, present and future is today...
The third angel, showing what could happen in the future, teaches Mr. Scrooge that there are consequences to his selfish actions.  We can learn it too, although we should have learned it as kids. How we treat others will come back around, somehow, as Scrooge is shown. We can look to the Gospels and see how Jesus teaches the same message.  The Prodigal Son ends his wild escapade hungry and poor.  He learned and returned, humbled and sorrowful.  The Good Samaritan shows his worth by caring for a stranger, with little concern for himself and is lauded as the perfect example of how to live a life of compassion.  Jesus taught that it is never too late to turn your life around and do it differently, and Mr. Scrooge learns a similar lesson.  When he awakens from his terrifying encounter with the last angel, it is just dawn on Christmas Day.  He has an opportunity to live this Christmas better, by generously living the day, and also by changing his life from then on. 
Charles Dickens published “A Christmas Carol” in December, 1843…a long time ago.  But the lessons are still powerful, spiritual, and need to be learned in our world today. How can we learn with Scrooge and his team of angels and live this Christmas full of love and compassion? It's never too late!  I will take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a joyful Christmas!  And we have Twelve Days to celebrate it...see you next week! Love, heidi

No comments:

Post a Comment