I asked, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ The Lord answered, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. But get up and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you to serve and testify to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you. I will rescue you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’ Acts 26:15-18 (NRSV)
My favorite Christmas movie is The Muppet Christmas Carol. My family has been watching this movie on Christmas Eve for about five years. We love to come together as a family to watch this movie while we eat dinner or do crafts on Christmas Eve. The first time we ever watched it was when Dr. Negley loaned us his copy. We loved it so much that we bought our own copy and have watched it every year since. I really like this version of A Christmas Carol best because it has catchy songs, good life lessons, and the Muppets make it humorous. My favorite Muppets are Gonzo (as Charles Dickens) and Kermit (as Bob Cratchit). The Muppets are so fun because there is a mix of people and puppets. So much is going on in the movie that every year we notice something new that we didn’t see before.
The Muppet Christmas Carol relates to the Bible because it teaches great life lessons. For example, Scrooge learns to think of others before himself. By the end of the movie, he starts to worry about Tiny Tim’s health and ends up buying the prize turkey for the poor Cratchit family. Scrooge also learns to be the best and nicest he can while his life lasts. He learns that it is never too late to change. This movie teaches us that just because your past (or present) wasn’t (or isn’t) so good, you don’t have to be rude to others. I like that this movie is a great way to learn to live your life correctly.
Father of Mercy and Love, we thank You that every day we have the opportunity to live our lives for You and Your glory. Each new day is a brand new start where we can put our focus on You and how You would have us to treat one another. Guide us Lord to rid ourselves of any of our “Scrooge” tendencies and share Your love with others. Amen.