Every New Year Begs the Question, “Can I Ever Really Change?”

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Every New Year Begs the Question, “Can I Ever Really Change?”

The energetic and ardent sound of Gungor, what some have called an Alt-Folk band, has captured the attention of millions of followers since 2010.

With good reason.

One of my favorite pieces is their song, Beautiful Things.  Beautiful Things grabbed me the first time I heard the moving lyrics purr out of lead vocalist Lisa Gungor’s mouth.

It did so within the first stanza by asking a most penetrating question.

The question is one that dogs every human alive.  It’s also one we face head-on with the passing of each the new year.

Recognizing the pain that lurks within us and looms around us, Gungor asks:

All this pain
I wonder if I’ll ever find my way
I wonder if my life could really change, at all
All this earth
Could all that is lost ever be found?
Could a garden come out from this ground, at all?

All this pain

I wonder if I’ll ever find my way?

I wonder if my life could really change, at all?

A question we all ask, especially this time of year!

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God Bless Us, Every One!

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God Bless Us, Every One!

Just before the light of Christmas morning beams into Scrooge’s newly minted heart, the gloom of Christmas Yet-to-Come settles deep within the bowels of his soul.

Of all the apparitions, this is the one Scrooge fears most.

And, to the reader’s eye, this is certainly the most intimidating Spirit of them all!

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The Ghost of Christmas Present: A Journey Into Joy

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The Ghost of Christmas Present: A Journey Into Joy

From the prison to the poor-house, Scrooge discovers what life requires of us who have been given so much.  He also learns what life exacts from others when we hoard our resources and live from a place of scarcity rather than abundance.

The opening scene of Stave Three introduces us to the Ghost of Christmas Present.  Dickens invites the reader to imagine a lavish feast at a King’s table. A table overflowing with bounty and abundance.

Upon entering the room, Scrooge casts his eyes on The Ghost of Christmas Present.  This Ghost doesn’t enter Scrooge’s bedroom.  Instead, he settles into to Scrooges living area – fills it with his abundant presence – and invites Scrooge to join him.

Indeed, abundance extended to one is an abundance designed to be shared with all.

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