I have been literally enthralled and transported to another era and glory of merry Old England as I listened to Charles Dickens, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, a brilliant Christmas gift given by Jon M.
As I listened to this book-on-cd, I was lost in the narration and found myself at school without noticing the anguish and challenging byllyishness (if there is such a word) of traffic. What a way to “go”!
Many know the story of the peevish Scrooge and his tight-fistedness, the appearance of four apparitions which showed him his past, present and the future outcome of his stinginess and cold heartedness. Ultimately, he humbled himself before his accusers and changed his life to the good. It has a wonderful finale and I laughed and cried along with old Scrooge.

I think the greatest lesson I learned from the old man and from Dicken’s brilliant dissertation was: Learn to love admonition, counsel, reproof. Love your rebukers, those who have wisdom to teach, admonish and chastise when we have gone a dangerous way. The Word of God does that!

The Scripture in James says, Let the brother in humble circumstances glory in his elevation as a Christian, AND the RICH PERSON, in being humbled by being shown his human frailty…because like the flower of grass, he will pass away. Even so, the rich man withers and dies in the midst of his pursuits”

This was a most enlightening and engaging listening experience!

7 thoughts on “Review on A CHRISTMAS CAROL

  1. Another quote that resounded in my being, that Dickens put upon the lips of the repentent old Scrooge is, to the effect, ‘ I will honor Christmas and awow to keep it in my heart ALL YEAR LONG. That’s one of the ‘lessons’ that A Christmas Carol brings…for it is not JUST at Christmas time, only, but the birth of the Messiah in our hearts, kept all through the year.
    As we move beyond the Christmas season let us look for opportunities to bring to our fellow man ‘tidings of great joy that shall be to all the people’ and the pouring forth of our giftings, like the Magi, to those whom the Lord sends to us, or whom we encounter whether it be Dec. 25th or May 2nd.
    They will come….those opportunities…and people will be sent and they will observe our Christmas Spirit as Children of the most high God. And the Lord, too, will observe our “CHRISTMAS SPIRIT’ all the year long.
    May you have a MERRY CHRISTMAS SPIRIT all YEAR long

  2. This classic brings another classic to my mind to read, pray and work it…
    2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

  3. Scrooge’s ‘tightfistedness’ is a good lesson to learn before it is too late to do things for God’s kngdom with our finances.
    “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” Matt 6:19-24

  4. This classic says to me – stop counting your money and give while you can.
    If you are counting your money on the day God calls you home what kind of accounting are you going to give him when you get to heaven. He doesn’t give a hoot about stacks of money accumulated not to be used but just collected for the sake of collecting, but he does care about people. Even old Scrooge when called to task knew the right path to take to set him free of the strangling chains of greed and selfishness. He got up and moved – giving and blessing others with what he had to give – self, time, and money. We all have something to give. As a friend said to me, we all could pray. So many issues are out there to that need prayer now. Lift each issue to know about and each person you know about to the Father and see what the Father will do. Begin this minute.
    As I told my father once, God may just be waiting to hear from you.

  5. Psalm 124:1-8 “If the Lord had not been on our side when men attacked us, then they would have swallowed us alive.” Matthew 6 says, if you seek God and His righteousness that He will add everything of value to you that you could need. Have you ever noticed that scrooges never have enough, never, just never. All their time and energy is trying to find more. They will attach, ie walk all over others just trying to find more. Charles Dickens made it clear that we need others to help us see and we need to be teachable.

  6. God was merciful to Scrooge and gave him a second chance, but as Rena said, he had to get up and “move. Move out of his dead-wrong thinking; his complacency with his wealth; his selfish life. It took a portrayal of his future to bring him to his senses. When he saw his ‘end”, it moved him to repent, humble himself and be transformed.
    But, you know, WE know our “end” without having a spectre appear to us and point it out to us. We just have to look in the Scriptures. It’s right there. ‘Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God. For I tell you that unless your righteousness and right standing with God is MORE than being and acting religious YOU WILL NEVER ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
    We, as Chrisians, know the judgment is coming. We have known since Sunday school age, the reward of good and punishment of evil. Why would we chance it? God, in the novel A CHRISTMAS CAROL, allowed Scrooge a 2nd chance. But we are not all guaranteed that. He may not send the spirit of the future to warn us. But we have the HOLY SPIRIT to admonish and guide us, warn and exhort us. Let’s listen to Him and heed Him and humble ourselves before the mighty hand of God so that He may exalt us in due time.

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