Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life.
Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever
believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35 (NIV)
In Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the second Spirit, the Ghost of
Christmas Present, appears at first as a giant of a man. He is seated in
the midst of a feast; his girth and laughter fill the room. But as his time
grows near to closing, he begins to wither. His hair turns gray, his
booming voice falters. This is when Scrooge notices two ragged, scowling
children within the Spirit’s robes. The boy is Ignorance. The girl is
“Beware them both,” says the Spirit, “and all of their degree,
but most of all beware this boy for on his brow I see that
written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased.”
When the Spirit says, “beware,” he’s not telling Scrooge to be afraid of
these children, but to look at them, study them. To acknowledge their
existence and find a way to reverse their demise.
The Christmas season brings a heightened awareness of Want, and we
give money, toys, and food to combat its impact. Let us remember, too,
that we have the power to erase Ignorance. People are hungry for hope,
and lives are saved when that hope is given over to Jesus Christ.
Heavenly Father, give me the boldness to look into the eyes of those
who are seeking and to speak Your Truth and Light. Amen.