There is nothing I enjoy more than watching Christmas movies all December long. We have accumulated some of our favorites on VHS and DVD, and one of my all time favs is It's a Wonderful Life. I love the premise of wanting more than what you have, of feeling trapped in your life, or in a small town.
Of longing for the world, only to learn that the best the world has to offer is right there in your hand, and you have just not appreciated it.
There are so many moments when I am caught up in that movie, when I feel like I am living their lives.
I love it when George falls for Mary as they walk home from the school dance together in robes and an old football uniform, and she runs and her robe accidentally comes off and she has to hide in the bush. Love that scene.
I love it when they toss a stone at the old house and make a wish.
I love the scene when George runs home after all that has happened and the banister top comes off in his hands, and he kisses it and replaces it. I love when he then hugs his children and tells them he loves them.
I love the scene when everyone comes into the house and drops money in the basket, when the IRS guy tears tosses in his own money, and the DA tears up the arrest warrant.
I love when Harry Bailey toast his big brother, George, "The richest man in the world."
But most of all, I love it when George prays. When he humbles himself before the Lord and asks for help. When he realizes that only divine intervention will save him.
Here is that prayer....
"Dear Father in heaven, I'm not a praying man, but if you're up there and you can hear me [begins crying] show me the way... show me the way. "
Yes, Father, show me the way. That is my daily prayer, not just at Christmastime, but every day of my life until God calls me home.
Dear Father, show me the way....show me the way.....