It’s a Wonderful Life

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Do you have a favourite Christmas film?  Perhaps ‘White Christmas’, or ‘It’s A Wonderful Life?’  It’s nice to take a couple of hours out to relax with a good film. I remember watching ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ as a boy and being mesmerised by it. I watched it again a few years ago when I noticed it was on as I flicked through the television channels.

Released in 1946, the film’s story takes place on Christmas Eve when George, the film’s protagonist, accused of fraud and facing jail, stands on a bridge, drunk, alone, preparing to commit suicide. George is desolate.  In his despair he prays, ‘Show me the way.’ God hears his prayer and shows George all the good he has done in his life.  His prayer having been answered, George returns home to his family to await his arrest only to find that all those whose lives had been touched by his good deeds, had donated enough money to ensure he stayed out of jail.

In the context of the film it could be said that George received grace.  God’s Grace is something we all need; grace that can pardon and cleanse. It cannot be earned but is given freely and with so much love. At Christmas God gave us the gift of His Son, by grace. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 Jesus is our way and the greatest gift we can receive. God is with us, how amazing is that!

Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, have a lovely Christmas week and a peaceful day. I wish You all well. Here is a prayer for You all:

Almighty God, We bless you for our lives, we give you praise for your abundant mercy and grace we receive. We thank you for your faithfulness even though we are not that faithful to you. Lord Jesus, we ask you to give us all around peace in our mind, body, soul and spirit. We want you to heal and remove everything that is causing stress, grief, and sorrow in our lives.

Please guide our path through life and make our enemies be at peace with us. Let your peace reign in our family, at our place of work, businesses and everything we lay our hands on.

Let your angels of peace go ahead of us when we go out and stay by our side when we return. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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