Advent Devotional for Saturday, December 8, 2018

Christmas Character: Ebenezer Scrooge

Suggested reading or viewing: Any of the many versions of the classic Charles Dickens tale, A Christmas Carol

Most of us are familiar with Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and even those of us who never read the book or have never seen a dramatization of it, know the name Ebenezer Scrooge is synonymous with greed and selfishness. Scrooge’s summary of Christmas was that it was “a poor excuse for picking a man’s pocket every twenty-fifth of December!” Dickens spins a tale in which Scrooge is visited by three ghosts—the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come. All of the things he is shown open his eyes and heart to the truth about himself and he is radically changed. As a changed man, he claims, “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future…I will not shut out the lessons that they teach.”

A Christmas Carol gives a valuable lesson and hints at a Christmas with Christian values at the heart. But, the truth is, we know the only one who can bring us to rebirth and open our eyes to see things truly is Jesus Christ himself. When He visits us, He has a way of opening the eyes of our heart so that things that once blinded us fade away and His truth and glorious presence comes into focus. Spend time with Him today—ask Him to open your eyes and enlarge your heart. C.S. Lewis once said, “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” All of us have some area of our heart in need of Christ’s changing touch today and all of eternity will feel the impact.

Paige Allen