Charles Dickens's classic novel, "A Christmas Carol," is a story of brokenness and redemption. The beginning of the story is dark -- the book opens with the words "Marley was dead." We soon meet Marley, former partner of the main character Ebenezer Scrooge, as a ghost. Marley's ghost promises Scrooge that a trio of ghosts will be visiting him, and the reader is to presume that none of the visits will be pleasant. Scrooge begins the story as an unrepentant miser whose greed has caused harm to himself and others and ends with him a changed -- a redeemed -- man. Just as Christ brings light and hope to a world in darkness, the events of "A Christmas Carol" shine light into the darkness surrounding Scrooge's life, ultimately leading him to embrace the hope, peace, joy, and love we associate with Christmas.
In "The Redemption of Scrooge," author and pastor Matt Rawle examines Dickens's classic novel, making connections between the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the story that Christians tell during Advent and Christmas.
In these four weeks of Advent, Delta United Methodist Church will use Rawle's book as daily devotion readings, Advent candlelighting and there will be a DVD presentation and discussion in the adult Sunday school hour. Come see how we can draw important truths from the past, present, and future about brokenness and redemption, and the Advent themes of hope, peace, love, and joy.
The public is invited to join this wonderful Advent study, each Sunday through December, at 9:30 a.m. in the Delta United Methodist Fellowship Hall, located at 477 Meeker Street in Delta. For more information call 970-874-9501.