The Redemption of Scrooge

Scrooge: A name that has come to be defined as miserly, bitter, hater of all things festive about Christmas. And the image has tainted the character’s first name also — Ebenezer. There are not many people around who name their child Ebenezer. 

But it’s a significant choice that Charles Dickens made. Ebenezer means “stone of help”, or “a commemoration of divine assistance”. So the naming of Scrooge implies that the author saw him as not just stone-cold, but one in whom God’s assistance was needed and received. A marker of what it looks like when God enters in. The time of self-examination to prepare for the coming of Christ into our hearts and lives is for us Advent, for Scrooge the night of Christmas Eve. 

Scrooge was redeemed: softened, enlightened, opened. We look for hope, peace, joy, and love to be increased in us. We look for redemption of what we know needs change in us, hard places that need softened, coldness that needs warmth. 

Scrooge was redeemed by the Christmas spirit. We can be too. 

Peace and Joy be yours — Jeannie