Those three words keep popping into me head.
It started when I was watching our playhouse production of “Damn Yankees.” I kept thinking of the Abbot-Costello classic baseball routine.
Now I am in the cast of “Scrooge, the Musical” and those three words keep coming to mind regarding old Scrooge.
So I have yielded and decided that for this Advent Season, I will focus on those words.
WHO – for Scrooge, there is only one WHO of importance in his consciousness – and that is Scrooge. He hordes everything for himself and himself alone. Family relationships mean nothing. Employees are tools for his own end. Neighbors and towns people are a bother. He curls himself up in his own little small world, isolated by the fact he has no other outside WHO to challenge and model what he could be.
Advent is a time to focus on the source of our strength and seek direction from a WHO that is worthy of our commitment and dedication.
As a pastor, I turn my attention to Jesus. I see in his temptation experience a kind of advent – a time to prepare and anticipate the mission ahead. And his focus is on his WHO – a God of love and grace to whom he is attached.”
His WHO conclusion, “Nevertheless not my will, but Yours be done.”
For Scrooge, the WHAT is clear. He sings the song, M O N E Y.
His WHAT could do a great deal of good, but it is dormant of value beyond his own small needs.
Advent is a time to consider our various assets, called gifts Biblically, and the way in which they can be of use beyond ourselves. As Dolly would say, “find a way to spread them around.”
I have discovered this year an outlet for some of my retired gifts and I will use this season to seek other opportunities in my future journey.
Finally the WHERE for Scrooge becomes clear – all around him are possibilities to spread the gifts that can bring about positive change and help to create a world in which community and graciousness is a reality.
I am writing on “Giving Tuesday.” Too bad we need to be reminded of the challenge to give.
My WHERE this advent is to consider how I can help others to believe in their worthiness and value. Too many place their importance on what they have accumulated in worldly terms. What we need is to see our worth in the unique gifts we can share with those we are privileged to experience – at home, work, play and beyond – gifts of the heart and spirit.
Our advent challenge, I believe, is to rediscover that attitude of togetherness and kinship that can so easily get lost in our hyper-media kind of world. And to have the courage to believe that creation is not complete until we find the joy of peace and good will.
Three challenging words: WHO, WHAT, WHERE.
© 2014 Bob Ochsenrider
Used by permission