Christmas flick #5

20 Dec

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

When the animated Grinch stole Christmas long ago, he stole my heart with it.  It has a similar message for me to Elf, only more in a “how not to do it” kind of way.

My favorite character: Max.  Obviously.

The first time I heard “Where Are You, Christmas?” it really touched me.  I’ve found it to be difficult that even when you know the Lord, when hard times hit, sometimes there are hard questions to ask that no one else wants to hear.  But He does.  He is big enough for the biggest questions you’ve got.  And when no one else understands why Christmas is painful for you when it isn’t for them, He does.  Sometimes when I watch movies they can be ongoing conversations between the Lord and me.  And this was one of them.  Just one more reason why movies are so important.  God uses these moving pictures to speak to my hard heart when no other words will.  Then finally, after about the 50th viewing, I get it.  And then it takes another 50 for me to start figuring out how to actually apply it.  But that’s another story.

I love this film because it’s not afraid to hate Christmas…the Grinch hates Christmas because he is hurt.  Sound familiar?  Ever hate something because someone who hurt you loves it?  Been there, done that…but the t-shirt is really ugly.  We can’t be afraid to hurt.  Without the hurt there is no going forward into healing.  But letting the hurt rule you leads to life in the sewer of Whoville, and making more hurt for more people.

I adore the Cindy Lou Whos of the world.  The ones who don’t mind climbing a mountain or crawling down the sewer to get me out of where I am.  The ones who don’t mind what it costs them to lend a helping hand out of a pit.  God bless you all.  May this movie remind us of the folks in our lives who may need us to be their Cindy Lou Who.  And may God give us the wisdom to know how to help.

And if you feel more like a Grinch this year, God bless you, too.  Ask the hard questions.  Poke the hurt blister and let it all out.  There is nothing you can do to separate yourself from the love of God in His Son Christ Jesus.  Who was born for you on Christmas.  You are not alone, and you are loved.  May “the peace that passes all understanding guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).

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