Monday, December 7, 2015

“It’s A Wonderful Life”

Every Christmas season I look forward to doing watching Frank Capra’s 1946 classic film, “It’s a Wonderful Life”. It’s the story of George Bailey, the best and brightest of the town of Bedford Falls who selflessly puts other people’s hopes and dreams before his own.  He is working a job that he never really wanted to do, but was thrust upon him when his father passed away and his brother got married. His life is not at all what he imagined it would be.
Now, the economy has taken a turn for the worse, his business is under investigation, and now due to no fault of his own George is faced with bankruptcy and imprisonment. He is feeling hopeless so he turns to the Lord in prayer and instead of his circumstances improving, he gets punched in the jaw.
He feels like there is no hope at all and that everyone would be better off if he were dead. What should be an incredibly joyous time, Christmas, has only compounded all the poor circumstances of life for George.
Have you ever felt hopeless like George Bailey? Maybe you are feeling that way right now. I want to encourage you and let you know there is hope.
In the Christmas hymn “Oh Holy Night” we sing about “a thrill of hope”. The birth of Jesus the Son of God into this dark world and the events surrounding His birth brought great hope to the people in Jesus’s time as it does to us today.
This truly is a wonderful life when we recognize where our hope comes from.
I have hope and my hope has a name… Jesus.
Your pastor and partner in ministry,


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