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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.

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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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