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One of my favorite movies to share with my children has been Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This short tale introduced the world to Ebenezer Scrooge, a fictional character who resembles many of the real people we know.

Scrooge had a hard upbringing and dealt with poverty and exclusion as a child. He was at odds with his immediate family and was steered toward the wrong profession. As he grew older, he became a bitter, frustrated, hate-filled person with a heart of ice. Though this story is not a Christian one, it testified that it took a great deal of intervention for Mr. Scrooge to see the error in his ways. In essence, his heart was broken in two and melted down after seeing the truths flashed before him.

We covet and appreciate stories that end with a bright beacon of hope, much like A Christmas Carol does. Where do we think this hope comes from? It pours from our Creator, the restorer of hearts and renewer of lives.

God is still in the business of changing lives. It doesn’t matter how much we’ve done, what we’ve done, or how old we are; God can repair and restore any broken life, adhering it solidly to Himself for eternity.

Don’t give up on that person you’ve been praying for. God can change any heart. Take Him at His word and reflect on the promises He gives. Read over and over again the vows God makes to restore His people to Himself.

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