It's Christmas Day!
Charles Dicken's Christmas Carol is one of my favorite holiday classics. I told the children that he depicted the work of the Holy Spirit in convicting us of our past sins and showing us the consequences of our actions through the years, like little else I have seen or read. We have read the book, years ago and we have a couple of versions of movies, The Muppet Christmas Carol is a family favorite for us.
Bob Cratchet wakes to a new self. A renewed vision of life and the future, a renewed determination to give instead of hoard. The way that God mercifully brings us to Himself in the Christmas remembrances and memories, do much to humble all of us and bring us to our knees in repentance and reconciliation to Him.
Tiny Tim's family has love and joy and peace, if nothing else, not even good health. I think of the angels carrying Christians through the dark world and shaking their wrists like those lighted circles at the circus. People see the light and come to the light. Christmas shakes up the circumstances every year and we always have it to help us to remember that there is some goodness in the world, even if we are in a bad place, like bah humbug. Christmas Day is a mercy, a quiet mercy that draws us to the peace of heart and mind that people sing about in this season. The gifts are wrapped, we are embracing eachother and our sanity, after the craze of the preparation and there is one minute before the children come down. Camera is cocked and the Turkey is in the oven. Quiche is for breakfast, I forgot to get the soda. (We usually call a soda breakfast a champagne breakfast) Soon they will be down to open the gifts. Merry Christmas 2009 You are not going to believe that this is the first time that I listened to Christmas won't be the same this year and realized that the boys were not really on Jermaine's Back. I was so literal.LOL