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Home But Not Alone

Home But Not Alone

Every year I assign myself the arduous task of watching my favorite Christmas movies. No, really–it’s hard! ABC Family and AMC, between them, have helped simplify things with their impressive array of holiday fare: all that’s left for me is to check the listings and set the DVR. But watching has gotten more complicated as the years have gone by. While I was single, or first married, Love Actually radiated from the TV while I ate a quiet dinner; Elf flew by as we enjoyed a glass of wine. Since I’ve had kids, my chosen films have aired in half-hour…

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Grace in Practice in “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Grace in Practice in “It’s a Wonderful Life”

It’s that time of year again! The time when you break out those old classic Christmas movies and watch them by the fireside while drinking hot cocoa and basking in the nostalgia of the season. And there’s perhaps no more quintessential Christmas movie than Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” – a must see.

Before seeing it recently (on the big screen, no less), I had always remembered it as a movie that gives you that warm assurance that life is worth living. George is a man at the end of his rope when he’s given a divine vision of…

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It’s A Miserable Life? It’s Wonderful Life!

It’s A Miserable Life? It’s Wonderful Life!

An interesting article appeared last Christmas in the New York Times entitled, “It’s A Wonderful Life? It’s A Miserable Life!”. It nails certain aspects of that classic movie, but ignores (perhaps purposefully) some of the Gospel-related themes. Two particularly potent examples stuck out to me:

(1) “Now as for that famous alternate-reality sequence: This is supposedly what the town would turn out to be if not for George. I interpret it instead as showing the true characters of these individuals, their venal internal selves stripped bare.” . . . Ernie the cabbie’s blank face speaks true misery as George enters his…

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