I just saw the new Disney version of “A Christmas Carol”. It was a visually stunning and wildly entertaining film (though much too scary for young kids). While fun and exciting, what hit me the most was the theme of grace and giving that was whispered throughout its’ entirety. Above all the razzle and dazzle of the 3D technology, what stood out was the moral, Godly message in the film.
One poignant scene sang an awe inspiring rendition of “Hark The Herald Angels Sing,” as the ghost of Christmas Present took Scrooge to the pinnacle of a church to hover over the cross as he explains the beauty and depth of what the season really means with the lyrics of our Savior’s birth, and Jesus being our King clearly in the forefront!
Another scene of impact showed the Ghost of Christmas Present tell Scrooge that many “men of the cloth” who “claim Christmas” actually know nothing of its real meaning. And then, Scrooge discovers two impoverished and creepy children, named “Ignorance and Want” living under the ghost's robes. The spirit tells him they belong to Man but are foolishly associated with Christmas. A message reminding us of the commercialization ands greed culture would have us believe this season is about.
I believe firmly these times are ALL about giving and loving. Jesus taught us to love this way over and over. And this time of year, more than any other we are given the chance to do so openly! I was reminded that although we may be struggling more this year than Christmases past, there is so much more to Christmas than just material items! And of course we were reminded it is always better to give than receive, even if the only gift you can give is love! Giving to others is truly what our faith is all about.
I am proud to serve in a church that lives these principles out! It is my humble prayer that this year we remember that giving truly is the greatest blessing. May we live the call of our savior to serve the “least of these” on this earth. And may God be blessed by our actions!