It’s A Wonderful Life When “The Least of These…” Comes Home For The Holidays

I have a list of favorite Christmas movies.  Funny thing: It’s A Wonderful Life just ain’t really on it.  But the one that kicks me in the gut is Planes, Trains & Automobiles.  A favorite since I was young.  And though I enjoy all the zany laughs and giggles it offers from the start, it’s that closing scene that catches me off guard every time.

I really wish my Christian brothers and sisters would watch it and consider having a homeless man come stay at their home for the holidays.  I will not white-wash it; it’s work.  It ain’t easy.  He won’t “fit in” in any usual sense of that phrase.  Shoot… even the movie demonstrates that Dell comes with a host of issues, but LOVE just doesn’t leave him at the train station!

Do me a favor this holiday season.  It’s not hard.  It will take you as little as two minutes, and you won’t expend even the slightest energy to do it.

After supper tonight, once it’s dark out, take a moment and walk out your front door (close it behind you) and go to the curb at the street.  Turn back and have a moment of silent prayer as you look at your home and the door closed to the night.  Ask Jesus – the Matthew-25 Jesus – if he would knock at your door if he needed a cup of water and a friendly face.

Take a good hard look at your home for just two minutes with that in mind.

Does that welcome mat welcome Him?  Does it welcome strangers or only people trying to sell you something?  If you hadn’t had a bath in a couple of days, would you knock on that door?

Does that “ADT” sign in the flower bed say “welcome” to Him?  Or does it say to Him that you have STUFF to protect which is more important to you than your hospitality?  If you were broke and cold and didn’t know where you could sleep tonight, would you knock on that door?

Remember that other movie – the 1998 version of – Les Miserables when Liam Neeson’s Valjean is told by the old woman with a cane that he cannot sleep on the bench in the square, and when he protests saying he has tried all the doors, the woman points to the door of the bishop and says, “You didn’t try that door.” Remember???

There are other scenes in that movie (and the book and the musical) which are generally deemed more powerful, but none of them are available to the tale without that one!

Please.  Do me the favor.  Go look at your own door and talk to God about it.  I think if you dare to really do it, you will find God talking back to you.


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