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Haunting Mercy (Lessons From A Christmas Carol)

"Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds.
-Hosea 6:1

This year, I have read Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, I have watched a movie about how Dickens created A Christmas Carol, I spent this Christmas Day evening watching Austin's Zach Theatre's A Christmas Carol, and for the fourth time in my life, I have spent several months immersing myself in Dickens's tale as an actor--this time playing not one, not two, but eight of the characters in the story.

And you would think I would have had enough. But I haven't.

There are three performances of Penfold Theatre Company's A Christmas Carol Classic Radiocast left to unfold, three more times this season for me to embody The Ghost of Christmas Past, Tiny Tim, Scrooge's niece, Belle, the charwoman, Belinda Cratchit, and a couple of lovable street urchins, and I will leave this experience feeling both sad and grateful.

I ha…

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