Scrooge and the power of transformation

December 16, 2008 — Leave a comment

My favorite Christmas movie is the 1970 movie, Scrooge.  Scrooge is a musical retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, which stars Albert Finney as Ebenezer Scrooge.

One of our family traditions is that we watch this movie (disclaimer: not with the little kids until recently.  It has some scary scenes.) before Christmas.

It’s a great movie, with great music, and an even better message.

I’ll assume that most of you are familiar with Dicken’s story, so I won’t detail it here, except to say that Scrooge was a very bad man.

In one of my favorite scenes in Scrooge, Ebenezer is shown–by the ghost of Christmas future–a glimpse into the future.  Ebenezer doesn’t know it, but it’s his funeral.  Many people in the town owed him money, so–when he died–a celebration breaks out and they start singing a song called, “Thank you, very much.”  He joins in–with no idea that they are actually thanking him for dying!

Check it out: 

I think this movie is my favorite Christmas movie, because it’s such a powerful story of change.  I love the transformation that we see in Ebenezer Scrooge and the impact that transformation had on his community.

His transformation changed a town.

Watching the movie this past weekend, I got a little emotional as I thought about what could happen in this world if every Christian allowed himself/herself to be truly changed by Christ. 

This world would be changed.

Communities would be changed.

Lives would be changed.

And, I’m pretty sure some people would thank us . . . very much.

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