Most people don t realize Charles Dickens has a biblical
foundation. Each of the spirits that appear in A Christmas Carol
directly correlates with an Advent lesson that is found in the
Church of England s Book of Common Prayer. Perhaps that is what
attracts Christians to the story of A Christmas Carol. Every Advent
Christians revisit this old Victorian moral story with its images
of snow covered English cobblestone streets, the sentimentally
portrayed ragged poor, and its familiar story line doesn t seem to
grow tiresome through the years. We revisit this story because it
echoes with the ancient lessons of Advent.
Hearing the Gospel Through Charles Dickens s A Christmas Carol
is a Christian devotional that uses A Christmas Carol as a tool to
teach the ancient Advent lessons of Hope, Faith, Peace, Love and
Joy. Each week s devotion begins with a section from A Christmas
Carol which dramatizes the Advent Lesson and is followed with a
scriptural Advent lesson from the Church of England s Book of
Prayer. The word Ebenezer is defined in scripture as The Lord is my
help (1 Samuel 7:1 "2). As we travel through Ebenezer s redemptive
healing journey, the devotional invites the participants to examine
how Christ is born in their past, present and future. As a
Christian pastor, I am grieved that the modern evangelical church
has diminished the Advent season to a single Christmas Eve service
or Christmas Sunday service. As a community, we no longer spend
time preparing our hearts for the season of Christ coming.
This devotional is for Christians to use as private and family
devotions to prepare themselves for the Advent season.
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Cheryl Anne Kincaid Reverend
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