Monday, December 5, 2011
SCROOGE by Linda S. Glaz
Just saw a live performance of A Christmas Carol at Meadowbrook Theatre. Man, but they do a wonderful job! I have a bit of a bias since my daughter and son-in-law are in it. Still, it’s my all-time favorite Christmas show. Like Les Mis, another fave, it is a story of true redemption, and I’m a sucker for a good redemption story. There’s just something about when evil rears up, brings harm, rankles with hatred, or simply causes grief by omission, that makes me want to have hope in that individual(s).
I had a friend, overflowing with love, but was so surprised to learn that she didn’t think murderers or rapists or anyone with a dark past had any chance of salvation. Nor did she think they deserved it. I was shocked. I asked her if she understood the Grace of God. “Of course. And we need to work hard to try and deserve it.”
OUCH! His Grace just became so much less. She got really angry when I said we didn’t know just WHO we might meet in heaven. I’m awfully glad she wasn’t the one to make a decision about Paul entering the Pearlie Gates, but I do understand her disgust at the evil that exists in our world. BUT, shouldn’t a killer, or someone even worse, finding Christ be an amazing miracle to see? Isn’t that what the real Grace of God is all about?
Well, I’d better hop down and make room for the preachers, I’m not too good at his, but let me just end with this:
Scrooge brings such joy to my heart. I hope you all love the story as well and that you find joy during this wonderful season of the year. Maybe we can all concentrate on one Scrooge in our lives or on the national or international scene that we feel needs our prayers.
His Grace. His love. His redemption…