Dickens’ story A Christmas Carol has endured the test of time. It is the fascinating tale of the renovation of a twisted and empty life. A man whose past was consumed with a self-centered pursuit of wealth, comfort and success. A man whose heart shrank and relational world shriveled as quickly as his bank account and successes grew. A man who had no compassion, no joy and was blind to the affection of the few in his life who still had any for him.
Dickens' story of old Scrooge shouts to us a truth we would rather avoid - our choices have consequences!
As Jacob Marley points out with regard to his own condition, his inescapable torment in his own destiny:
I wear the chain I forged in life – I made it link by link and yard by yard – I girded it of my own free will; and of my own free will I wore it.
But that is why it is a Christmas Story – it is a reminder that our failures are not final, that there is always hope of redemption and that God has not abandoned or given up on us – quite to the contrary – He will do all in His power to persuade us to awaken to a fresh start. Ebenezer Scrooge discovered what we need reminded of regularly - that its never too late. So through advent season in preparation for Christmas – our Sunday morning focus will be on the theme: ITS NEVER TOO LATE! In all your Christmas preparations, prepare your own heart and join us each week for worship. And while you are at it – in all your gift getting – give the gift of good news to a friend, family member or coworker and invite them to join you at one of our Christmas Eve or Sunday morning services or at the Christmas Carol play on December 16 & 17!