December 14th

Today’s discussion is about the” Christmas Carol” Story.

While many people are hustling and bustling around for those last moment gifts and specials. They find themselves tired, stressed, and ready to be done to settle down for the big day as it approaches.

However, we frequently forget that there are people out there who through what ever reason are not able to become excited about Christmas.

Take the story of the Christmas Carol:

Looking back on previous and present life and then going into future with his ghosts you were able to see the happiness that had been, the drifting away of that happiness, and the desolation that was yet to come for Scrooge.

No wonder his personality was what it was. Life had changed him. Could it be that the story of the Christmas Carol was in reality the parallel to a real life story?

How many of us have started out with great ideals and big dreams coming from loving families only to find that the hammers of society beat us down.

How many of us that thought we would marry that one person who we saw a crossed a crowded room; believing that our love would be with us for eternity. Only to be disappointed when we were left alone.

How many people have given the best years of their life to young age, schooling, marriage, and children only to find that in their senior years no one remembers them. Where did all there friends go? What happened to the family they once took care of and loved? Why don’t their children have time for them? Why have they been left only with the memories that they once had? Why ? Why? Why?

In the Story the “Christmas Carol” Bob’s family worked hard (the middle class) yet had no extra money for anything. However, they had each other and they made the best from what they had and always were happy because they shared something many people don’t have. They shared LOVE!

It has been said throughout time that you can endure anything if you have LOVE. However, that saying has never clarified what kind of love. For the family in the story it was true unconditional love of a family. They were happy as long as they could be together. Nothing else seemed to matter. ( First clue that divorce is not a good thing)

They worried about no medical care for their son. (No OBAMA CARE PLAN THEN)  They worried about the future of not all of them being together. They worried about their son’s health and what would happen to him. No they didn’t worry about Christmas presents and having glorious things. They still celebrated Christmas because they had “HEART.” They had what is known as the “TRUE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT.”

For this poor family who worked hard for no money, had little food, and a home that was cold, they still were able to keep kindness, and love in their heart because they believed in the true meaning of Christmas.

I am thinking of this story because every year we read it in our schools, we watch it on our TV’s but how many of us truly understand it?

Right now we have more homeless people than we have ever had. We have people who have no idea when they get up in the morning what they will be able to eat that day or if they even will eat. We have people not knowing where they will sleep or what is going to become of them. We have people losing jobs, homes, cars everything but the clothes on their back.

The food banks can’t keep up with the supply and demand. Their aren’t enough missions for beds. Loosing your car is loosing your home when you are homeless. How can you find work without transportation, gas money or a helping hand?

Community centers are trying to help but not every community has a center.

Elderly are sitting at home without food because they don’t qualify for assistance or they aren’t able to go shopping for themselves. Programs that help are being cut back.

Meals on wheels has been either cut back or cut out completely. Now they go to senior citizen centers to get a hot meal for $5.00 but what happens if they have no transportation or no money. Then they sit at home and don’t eat. Very few stores deliver groceries anymore.

Then there is the issue of checks coming. If you get paid by the government you have no control over when you get your check. For example: On Social Security Disability if they decide you get it the fourth Thursday of the month then it changes every month. One month early most months late depending on if there was a Thursday in the first week so everything get paid late and you go an extra week without money.

It’s like having an employee that says I will pay you when I can but keep working for me. Contractors often can’t pay until the job is done so families do without until the money comes in.

In the story of the Christmas Carol it was the same way. Scrooge paid when he felt like it. (Symbol of our government).

Now why do you think that the holiday season is the time of year when the rate of depression, suicides, divorces, homelessness, job loss and everything else increases?

Could it be that we as people do not look at our past, present and future and the ghosts that could show us our lives?

Is it because we are trying so hard to compete with the “Neighbors” for the best houses, schools, jobs, cars, vacations, toys, and luxuries that we do not see the blessings that we have already been given?

We are quick to repeat the old phrase of “Use it or Loose it.” However, if you switched those words to Appreciate it or Loose it we would change our meaning of how we handle things in our lives.

Scrooge had is nightmare, met his demons and was given a second chance. How many people are given chance after chance and still refuse to change? How many people continue to invite the demons into their homes risking everything?

These are human behaviors we see over and over. They are the ghosts of Lust, Alcohol, Drugs, Selfishness, Greed, and there are many more of these demons.

If we want a second chance at life then we must embrace the real meaning of Christmas and reach out to those less fortunate. Look around in neighborhoods who needs a kind word, a meal, just to feel needed again.

When people no longer have a purpose, when they no longer are of value in society then they give up.

People become old before their time because they have no value.

I would hope that this holiday season families would sit down together and spend loving time together with no televisions, no computers, and no games that are electronic. I would hope that they would read “The Christmas Carol together,'” and the “Christmas Story” as told in the Bible.

I would hope that they could make decorations, make wrapping paper, and share in cooking together in the kitchen.

Christmas after all isn’t just another day. It is a day we need to remind ourselves there is a reason for love, kindness, and appreciation. It is a day to honor the way we as a society behave towards one another.

It is a day to share Christ with the masses.

It is a time for singing and jubilation. Yet for many it is a reminder of the worse time in their lives. It can be a reminder of loss of a loved one, a horrific divorce, a dramatic change in a life.

Those memories that are horrific over holidays are like flashbacks that you can’t ever be rid of. However, you can find new ways of dealing with them. Make every year a new year, a new beginning, a new chance at life. Don’t make it about past ghosts.

Live in the here and now. Pass it forward. If you can give someone a warm blanket, a hot cup of chocolate, a hamburger, a place to sleep, an old used car, or a job then do it. What will unfold in your heart will be far greater a gift than what you have given.

I didn’t post yesterday because I was without the internet. I thought about it late last night but decided one day without computer is okay for everyone.

I myself find holidays a very difficult time. This year is going to be a harsh reminder in my family of past difficulties as we are going through a difficult change in our family.

I am finding myself in order to stay positive turning more and more to Christmas carols, and Christmas movies and memories of my childhood. Remember those closest to you may be having the hardest time and you don’t even know it.

A kind word at work. A special memo or card means a lot. It may be the only thing that person gets this year.

I am challenging all of my readers to pass along ten Christmas cards to people they hadn’t planned on. They can be total strangers.  You can write something simple, put a dollar bill in them what ever you choose. Pass them out when your shopping, working, or wherever you want. Watch the smiles light up on faces.

In the story “The Christmas Carol” once Scrooge decided to make a difference and reached out to others he was able to light up the room with his personality. He went from being a disgruntled person to a kind loving one.

Take a look at yourselves and those around you. What effect is your attitude having on the people you care most about? Are you the light that turns on when you enter a room or are you the cloud of darkness?

Remember it is possible for everyone to change into a better person. What can you do to make the year 2011 end happily and start the year 2012 with a ray of hope.

On that note I will end. Be kind to one and all. “Tis the Season to be Jolly”

My Christmas Carol for today is “Joy To the World”

Verse 1

Joy to the world! the Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

Verse 2

Joy to the world! the Saviour reigns;
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

Verse 3

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

Verse 4

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

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