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Advent Day 11: Love That Offers Second Chances

By • December 11 2020

My husband and I start every Christmas season by watching the 1971 musical version of Scrooge, starring Albert Finney. Even though neither of us really likes musicals most of the time, this particular version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is so powerfully done that it sucked us in, and it’s become a yearly tradition.

I imagine most people know the story, but just in case you don’t, here it is in a tiny nutshell version:

  • Crotchety, despised, wealthy miser is visited by three “ghosts” one night
  • Each ghost has a specific purpose, one to show him his past, one to show him his present, and one to show him his future should he keep behaving the way he currently does
  • Understanding his past hurts, his present terrible behavior, and the painful consequences waiting for him in his future, Scrooge wakes up from his stupor and determines to change

One of the things I love most about this story is that Scrooge is a very old man, and he probably has very few years left to live, maybe even only months. Yet in spite of his age and the usual inflexibility that goes along with it, he is able to see that the limited time he has left to spend on earth can make a difference in the lives of others, and this is enough for him to decide to change his ways.

Wherever you find yourself today, you still have days left to live that are a gift to you, and you can make them a gift to others. It’s never too late to start over, it’s never too late to make a change for the better in your life.

Happy December 11th!

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