Wendy and I saw three great movies to end these last two weeks. One ,’The Man Who Invented Christmas,’ we saw this twice. The other two ‘Its A Wonderful Life’ for the 459th time (lol) and our favorite Scrooge film which is the Albert Finney musical version of ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens.

‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ was the behind the scene story of how Dickens put the Scrooge story together. He would talk to his characters. Scrooge old, isolated, and misreble more than mean, was not the first one who had to face his mistakes, past ,present , and future. No it was the young Charles Dickens , even with his love for the poor, who was a bitter and wretched man. Its Dickens who faced the ghosts first so he could write Scrooge. Great writing, great pain, for great gain ; even if not read by many. Its in the writing and the living out of things to its very end that makes great….Great.

Its George Bailey at the bridge ready to jump off and die. Why?
Because he reached the very end of his life as a ‘failure.’ He had a beautiful wife and four children yet he wanted out. He couldn’t handle that what made him great was the very characteristic that would deprive him the success that would give him the credit he deserved.
You probably know the Angel Clarence shows him what life, for those he loved, would be; if he were never born.
He finally sees the value of life and of his life. That life at its most simple is something he always had. Envy was something, so very close to depriving his great greatness to ever be known…by him.

The final words in the final scene reached me the most. His brother, now a world decorated war hero comes to honor the ‘ glue ‘ that held life together so he and others could be great.
“To my big brother George the richest man in town.”

They begin to sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’
Clarence written note to George
” No man is a failure if he has friends.”

The whole town raising support for the one who they almost let get away.


Lets we of 2017; lets drink a cup of kindness now.
Lets drink the bitter with the sweet , the happy with the sad, the big and the small. Take it all in. Go slow.
Receive! You may be George Bailey hugging Scrooge out of miserly misery.
Give someone a hug . The hug of a lifetime . The hug of hugs and say to ourselves
Hugs as ‘love cover a multitude of sins.’
In the hug its an equal playing field for all. Here we all fly Coach or is it 1st Class?
There is no difference here.
Its great!
Discovering greatness and never wanting to ever let go.
Never let go of love and the hug..finding new people to hug.

” God bless us everyone”

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Originally from New York, Dennis Cole completed his undergraduate degree at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. in 1971 and studied acting in Boston and NYC where he earned his Actor's Equity membership in 1975 after completing several New York stage productions. He was saved from the "Broad Way that leads to destruction" in 1983. After entering through the Narrow Gate that leads to life, he was called into ministry. In 1986 he attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass. and completed his Master of Ministry degree 2 years later at Azusa Pacific Graduate School of Theology in southern California in 1988. That same year he and his wife Wendy entered into full time pastoral ministry. Dennis was a senior pastor from 1988 until 2002 in churches in California, Oregon and Michigan and Indiana., In 2001 Dramatic Christian Ministries was founded and became a full time ministry organization in 2002. He now travels extensively throughout the United States and other parts of the world presenting the Bible in the first person through acting. Dramatic Christian Ministries and the Narrow Gate Theatre bring the Bible in the first person to people in order to fully minister the Word of God. The focus of this drama ministry is to equip and uplift the church and to show the way to eternal life to the unsaved. Acting according to His Word invites people to encounter the Bible as it was first "breathed" by the Holy Spirit. Dennis also teaches acting in his recently started school and is involved in producing and directing live theatrical performances in Albuquerque, NM.

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