“He told me, coming home, that he hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant to them to remember upon Christmas Day, who made lame beggars walk, and blind men see.”
Greetings, friends! Happy Spring to you! What? This isn’t springtime? You could have fooled me. Our tulips are attempting to bloom, no kidding. Talk about global weirding. Alas, I hope your week has begun well, hot or cold.
We continue this month with quotes from “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. Today’s quote is a heart warming word from Bob Cratchit regarding his son, Tim. Tim, as you remember, is handicapped with some ailment that challenges his life. It is an ailment of poverty; the story reveals that with Ebenezer Scrooge’s monetary help he can be healed. Yet we meet Tim in the story in poverty, but not in sorrow. He is given the best character in the book, the very picture of hope, love, grace and forgiveness.
I’ll share story about my dad. My dad was hurt on the job in 1971 and paralyzed from the waist down. He was 41; I was 6. He lived 10 years after the accident during a time when wheelchairs were not welcome in society. But dad never complained, and he never questioned his circumstance, and he never wished for what wasn’t so far as I know. He took his circumstance and made the best of it, a la Tim Cratchit. And not ironically at all he died a happy and fulfilled man.
A reasonable description of my pastoral job may be “keeper of stories”. I know the hurts, losses, fears, joys, dreams, and more. I have my own story. We all have a story. The challenge in all stories is to find contentment in the day even while we live in hope for tomorrow. I don’t know your story but I do know your choice: will you be content and hopeful or discontent and frustrated? These are the two pairs we face; they go hand in hand.
I hope you will take stock of your life this Christmas and walk the way of Tim Cratchit. Your story isn’t permanent, but how you deal with it in the moment is so important. The message of Christmas is love, joy, peace and hope. These are the same experiences of contentment. Be content, even if not settled. Your spirit will thank you for it! And I’ll make the same commitment. Have a wonderful week.