Don’t you just love the Christmas movies where love prevails? Melts a cold heart? Changes a person’s life for the better?
Sometimes all a person needs is one person in the world who cares. In The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, one little girl wormed her way into The Grinch’s heart. He hated Christmas and all the Whos down in Whoville who celebrated it. Christmas triggered a bad memory from his childhood when he was bullied and not accepted for who he was. But little Cindy Lou didn’t want him to be left out, and no matter how mean The Grinch was to her, she kept showing him she cared until finally the walls around his heart came tumbling down and his heart grew three sizes bigger. And peace was restored in Whoville.
Then there’s Jack Frost in The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause. He tried to take the warmth of love out of Christmas. He wanted it to be about him and his honor, not about love and giving. And again a little child leads, because along comes little Lucy Miller whose heart brims over with love. She hugs Jack Frost, and his cold heart melts and he becomes a better person. And peace was restored at the North Pole.
Sometimes we can get discouraged by all the hate, greed, and violence in this world, but love changes hearts, people, and circumstances. Because love came down at Christmas, peace is possible however impossible it seems.
When Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” tragedy both in the nation and in his family shook him to the core of his being. A raging Civil War, a son crippled from war wounds, and his dear wife’s tragic death sunk him into a deep depression. The joyous ringing of Christmas bells seemed to mock his sadness. In despair, he bowed his head and cried, “There is no peace on earth! For hate is strong, and mocks the song of peace on earth, good-will to men!'”
Then God poured His love in, and Longfellow heard the bells more loud and deep cry, “God is not dead; nor doth He sleep! The wrong shall fail, the right prevail, with peace on earth, good-will to men!”
Yes, love will prevail. Why? Because love came down at Christmas. Because Jesus came, love is possible in a world of hate, greed, and violence. Love can melt hearts, change lives, and pour peace into broken hearts and a broken world.