The lyrics of the sacred song fly through celestial air. Like a volleyball in a winner-take-all championship match, they are launched to and fro.
Back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. they go.
These are no lightweight lyrics.
No, these lyrics are stout – laden with a density befitting the Divine!
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C.S. Lewis, in Mere Christianity, suggests that we are a people of deep and unending desire. He further states that our unending quest for satisfaction reveals a deeper and often confounding truth about what it means to be human!
“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing.”
We are a people of deep desire. We find, unfortunately, that our desires often remain unfulfilled. It seems we are an ever longing and always wanting people.
The shopping saturated Christmas season is one of our most prolific expressions of this reality.
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God Bless Us, Every One!
Just before the light of Christmas morning beams into Scrooge’s newly minted heart, the gloom of Christmas Yet-to-Come settles deep within the bowels of his soul.
Of all the apparitions, this is the one Scrooge fears most.
And, to the reader’s eye, this is certainly the most intimidating Spirit of them all!
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The Ghost of Christmas Past: Wanting to Extinguish What Must Be Explored
Everything about the Ghost of Christmas Past is exceptional.
While televised renditions attempt to capture its essence, all of them fail – some miserably so.
But, of course, how could they not?
The Ghost that Haunts Us All
Dickens imagines a complex and contradictory apparition. Conveying the essence of the Ghost of Christmas Past is like trying to describe an ancient, angelic being. The kind of being lodged in the bowels of Apocalyptic books like Daniel or Ezekiel.
The mythical appearance of the apparition serves as a stark reminder that the portions of our past we are unwilling to name will always fill us with fear and leave us conflicted. These unnamed and unknown realms of our personal history hold us captive in ways we’re often unable to identify.
Scrooge’s journey with the Ghost of Christmas Past represents the journey we all ought to take. As such, the Ghost of Christmas Past teaches Scrooge a lesson we all need to learn!
It’s a journey into the unnamed past that inexplicably haunts our present.
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Three Reflections from my Evening Spent with a Ghost
It’s customary for our family to watch Holiday specials during this time of year.
It’s also equally customary – for me – to plead with my wife and daughter to resist the urge to search for these specials on the Hallmark channel.
Thankfully, removing Hallmark from the list of options leaves us with wide a wide assortment of Christmas classics that bear the test of time.
We rarely, as a family, agree on which Christmas special to watch.
Last night was no different.
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