The Ghost from Christmas Future gives us a glimpse of the dire consequences of Tim's illness if left untreated. And yet, Tim does not hang his head, take to his bed, and wait for the end. Tim lives life---lives life to the fullest with the best of attitudes. Tim is a fighter and Tim shows us how to end well--by living as if there will be no end. He harbors no malice, spends no time moaning over the hand life has dealt him. Instead he savors the love of his family and lives in the present.
Christmas is not a joyful celebration for some. Christmas is a reminder of those who are not present in the circle of loved ones. Christmas can be a test of endurance in the midst of great pain. Tim's chair was empty when the Ghost of the Future showed Scrooge what was to come. Many have empty chairs at their Christmas table this year.
The question becomes what would those who have left expect of us? Would they desire for us to forget the joy and the reason for the celebration? How can we celebrate in the depths of grief?
There is only one answer--JESUS. Jesus will comfort you. Your loved one is sitting in the presence of Jesus as you mourn your loss. Jesus has a plan and no the plan does not look anything like you thought it should. That is where faith enters the equation. Can we remember the blessing of our loved ones, and celebrate the joy of knowing where they are? Can we emulate Tiny Tim and live in the moment with love and goodwill for all mankind? Is there not a lesson in the character of Tiny Tim for us all?
In the midst of the worst life can throw our way, we can still hold on to the joy of hope. Jesus brought us hope that first Christmas night. Clinging to that hope in the midst of sorrow and trials allows us to remember the great gift we were given by the birth of The Lamb. There is always some reason for joy--some cause for a smile--some tender morsel of comfort in sweet memories. When opened- the tiny package containing hope will burst forth and multiple into joy--the joy of Jesus.