I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. (from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens)
This is Scrooge’s pledge at the end of his visits from the three ghosts. We’ve all heard it so often, in the seemingly endless movie adaptations of the book–so often, perhaps, that we find it a bit trite. But I like it still. I wanted to post it today, a last Christmas quote (from me, anyway), because I hope to keep the Spirit of Christmas all year. I hope that for all of us. And I’m not just talking about the generosity and care for those who are less privileged, or even the appreciation for family and what we have. I’m thinking about the Spirit of Christmas in it’s most foundational sense, the coming of God among us. That moment so long ago when the humblest of all things, an infant, brought hope and light and life into the world and caused the darkness to tremble and falter. I want to live all the year with the understanding that the smallest and humblest of things can become very big things, and that the Kingdom of God enters our world in unexpected ways.