Redemption at Christmas: Healing a Hurting Family
There is a moment in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” where nephew Fred offers some positivity to an otherwise cantankerous Uncle Ebenezer Scrooge.
“I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round…as a good time: a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.”
Masked behind all the holiday hoopla, we often forget about why we celebrate Christmas. Besides the very real fact that God became flesh – a human just like us – we all know it’s also about peace on Earth.
We also know that very real feeling come December 24. It’s a moment where our hardened hearts can open to others.
Sometimes that’s easier said than done – family can be complicated. But Jesus came into the world for this very reason, to offer forgiveness, healing and restoration of our souls. We can be that Christ child for others when we extend mercy where we know it’s needed.
Even if you’re not religious, it’s hard to ignore the timeless message that comes from His lips: do unto others.
That Golden Rule works year round, but it’s especially poignant at Christmas.
When we reach out to others at Christmas with an attitude of forgiveness, we start a movement in our families that can stamp out generational hurt in one instant.
God wants to see us reach redemption, and we can if we’re willing to give that gift of mercy to others.