Exodus 4:18, “Then Moses departed and returned to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, ‘Please, let me go, that I may return to my brethren who are in Egypt, and see if they are still alive.’ And Jethro said to Moses, ‘Go in peace.’”
Exodus 14:13 “But Moses said to the people, ‘Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent.’”
Acts 9:1-3, “Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, and asked for letters from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; . . .”
Not Where He Began
A penurious Charles Dickens returned to his London home in the fall of 1843. His house, the holiday abroad, and a growing family taxed his earning ability. In October, 1843, borrowing a subplot from an earlier novel, he began a short Christmas story that he confidently felt would make money. Working furiously, he produced the story in six weeks, in time for December publication. He called it A Christmas Carol.
But something happened to Dickens as he wrote the story, something that crept over and saturated him with its presence – the same Christmas spirit that overtook old Scrooge. His story became a work of love, not just of finances. He later wrote an American friend that he had wept and laughed over the story as he wrote it.
He wanted it priced cheaply so everyone could buy a copy. Expensive illustrations in the work, however, kept his profit to only 230 pounds instead of the 1,000 he needed. However, A Christmas Carol continued to sell yearly, and his enhanced reputation brought greater success to his subsequent works, several of which became classics. He had begun A Christmas Carol to make money. In writing the story, however, the spirit of Christmas seized, then obsessed him. It often happens that those who tinker with the Bethlehem story find themselves obsessed by its Christ.
Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
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