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Scrooge’s Omniscience

We were watching the Alvin & the Chipmunks take on A Christmas Carol the other night and I was struck this time through this familiar tale by the way in which Scrooge/Alvin becomes aware of the need of the people around him – through a supernatural revelation that he couldn’t have come upon by himself. He learns the real motivations and needs of the people around him and his heart is softened.

Don’t you wish loving people was so straightforward? If we were given insight into what’s really going on in the lives of people around us, even the difficult characters in our lives would become disarmingly easy to make sacrifices for. I suppose the reason we’re not is by design – that faith and love are somehow part of the same effort. It forces us to actually really get to know the people in our lives in order to love them better.

Sometimes there’s nothing more difficult.

  1. Jane
    December 17, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    That’s where God’s gifts of wisdom and knowledge come in…to look beyond the obvious. I saw this on the streets of Boston: Salvation Army ringers who were ignored; a very social anxiety young man who was trying to avoid the crowd and yet needed help carrying a heavy package. Mankind is not good at receiving…the very thing they yearn for – the love of others.

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