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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Muppet Christmas Carol

We watched the, 'Muppet Christmas Carol' the other night.
It is one of our favorite Christmas movies! This version of Dicken's, "A Christmas Carol" is so well done and campy and fun that you can't help but fall in love with the characters, and sing along with all the songs!

It's really not a religious based book, or movie. It's more about the idea of Christmas- that we live the spirit of giving and caring for our fellow man year round.
I like that- it appeals to everyone, no matter what you believe. We all believe that we should care for others, right?

My favorite song, by far, is Thankful Heart, which is sung by Michael Caine, who plays Ebenezer Scrooge in the movie. By the way, do you know what an 'Ebenezer' is? It is referenced in the old time song, "Come Thou, Font of Every Blessing' and it refers to 1 Samuel 7.

The prophet Samuel and the Israelites found themselves under attack by the Philistines. Fearing for their lives, the Israelites begged Samuel to pray for them in their impending battle against the Philistines. Samuel offered a sacrifice to God and prayed for His protection. God listened to Samuel, causing the Philistines to lose the battle and retreat back to their own territory. After the Israelite victory, Scripture records: “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far the Lord has helped us’ ” (1 Samuel 7:12).

The word Ebenezer comes from the Hebrew words ’Eben hà-ezer'which simply mean “stone of help”.  Ebenezer, then, is simply a monumental stone set up to signify the great help that God granted the one raising the stone.

Anyhow, I always think of the season of Advent when I hear that song. 

My 'stone of help' in Advent are the songs of joy and hope that permeate this season! What is your 'Ebenezer' ? 


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