From his fullness we have all received grace upon grace;
as the Law was given through Moses,
so grace and truth came into being through Jesus Christ.
“[Scrooge] became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world. Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset; and knowing that such as these would be blind anyway, he thought it quite as well that they should wrinkle up their eyes in grins, as have the malady in less attractive forms. His own heart laughed: and that was quite enough for him.”
Ebenezer Scrooge rediscovered — and returned to — the true treasure within his soul on that special Christmas. Due to choices and responses to difficult life experiences he had made in the past, he had lost or denied himself that treasure of “grace upon grace” working in his life. Discovering grace, he was transformed and returned to the important joys and values of his life. By giving time to important people and relationships with compassion, understanding, generosity, and treating others with fairness and respect, he experienced “a laughing heart once again.” Although others would not understand this change in him, Ebenezer Scrooge knew that this transformation and new identity were genuine, and that was what really counted. As Christmas now rapidly approaches, may we be open to this same transforming “grace upon grace” at work in our lives — and how we might experience this Christmas and these values in a new way. May God’s grace transform us through all of life’s experiences into the kind of people God would have us become as we grow and mature in our faith and celebrate this new beginning together in our lives.
God of Love, may this Christmas truly be a time when you continue to work through each one of our lives and life experiences as you did with Ebenezer Scrooge; to bring us home to your true values, treasures, and priorities for our own lives; transforming and recreating us (and our relationships) into becoming more joyful, hopeful, patient, kind, generous and compassionate. Show us how to be more forgiving and understanding, filling each of our days with much more joy and laughter. Through your love, grace and power we pray. Amen.