Of course, we’re all familiar with the Ghost of Christmas Past. It looms large on the big screen and in the pages of Dickens’ incredible book, A Christmas Carol. For some of us, it just wouldn’t feel like the season was quite complete without at least watching one rendition of the story.
This ghost suddenly appears on Christmas Eve to haunt Ebenezer Scrooge with images from his past. Some are colorful and sweet, some vividly painful. It walks him into both his distant and near past.
And isn’t it that way with our own pasts? Sometimes it seems like that same ghost appears in our lives. It brings to mind pleasant and sweet memories. But sometimes the past becomes an apparition that haunts us with the painful, shameful, hurtful choices and actions in our lives.
The past can be a dear friend or a vengeful enemy that consumes our present.
But the past doesn’t need to be an enemy. No matter what we’ve done. No matter what has been done to us. God can use every bit of our past.
Here’s the good news. Our past can be a testimony of His forgiveness. It can be a testimony of His healing. It can be a testimony of redemption.
The ghost can be eradicated, and in its place the gift of our past.