Daily Archives: December 28, 2011

2 Chronicles 33; Revelation 19; Malachi 1; John 18

It’s a Wonderful Life.

As I do every Christmas season, last week I watched It’s a Wonderful Life.  And just as in every other Christmas season, tears streamed down my face as I watched George Bailey be blessed by the discovery of just how profound an impact his life had on those around him.  He was a man who sacrificed his dreams and his right to his own life for the greater good of his family and community.   One cannot help to see the parallels to our Lord and Savior’s ultimate sacrifice. 

But George Bailey is far more like me than he is like Jesus. 

George’s desires for worldly success are a constant counterbalance to his desire to serve the needs of those around him.  Same for me.

George’s stress and frustration in difficult circumstances boil over into anger, jealousy and sin.  Same for me.

With supernatural help, George is able to see how God has used him to serve His purposes.  And George’s reaction is pure, unadulterated joy.  Same for me.

For our Lord God Almighty reigns.  Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!  Revelation 19:6b-7a

In his mercy, God has given me a glimpse of the blessing that awaits “those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” (Rev 19:9).  I see this blessing in:

  • the excitement of my three-year old racing down the steps on Christmas morning to see what is under the tree
  • the joy my wife gets from having “just” enough margin in her life to help out a needy family during the Christmas season
  • my children exchanging gifts (and yes, even hugs) on Christmas morning genuinely showing that they love each other

Dear Lord,

Thank you for all the blessings that you have provided me.  And thank you that this is a mere appetizer compared to the wedding supper that you have prepared for me.  “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to you, my God.”  (Rev 19:1)

It’s a Wonderful Life.

Greg (gmd40187)

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