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advent journey – a christmas carol
December 21, 2014, 9:51 am
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There was a real treat on the radio yesterday afternoon with an excellent adaptation of A Christmas Carol.  If you can get BBC Radio Player you can listen to it here for the next month.


Dickens is one of my favourite authors and this wonderful short tale of the conversion of Ebenezer Scrooge – by supernatural means (or is it undigested mustard or gravy?) – from Malthusian miserableness to happy generosity is a Christmas classic.  He realises how connected he actually is to other people.

It was of course a biting critique of many of those with power in 1840’s Britain.  Bernadette Meaden writes about how A Christmas Carol speaks to contemporary Britain on Ekklesia here.  The challenge for us is to allow our hearts to be expanded in love so that we make a practical difference in terms of solidarity with those in most need.  This obviously needs to go beyond the actions of individuals to a change in the priorities and structures of our society.

Once the busy-ness of this week is over, I think it will be time to read or re-read another Dickens novel.  Any recommendations?


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