Dead as a door-nail, old Marley. Dickens makes sure we know that, ruling out all possibility of a living door-nail. Marley has to be good and dead, or else the story doesn’t work. The benefit of Jacob Marley’s ghostly visit is the hope of Scrooge escaping a similar fate.
Ebenezer Scrooge is going to get one of the greatest gifts life can offer — a second chance. And that second chance comes after a crash course in the right and wrong choices in life, and their accompanying consequences, as illustrated by a ghost-led guided tour of his own life, past present and future.
Ebenezer Scrooge is indeed a lucky man. We don’t all get second chances. Marley didn’t, which increased his frustration with Scrooge’s initial reluctance to go with the program that was being offered him. In the story, Scrooge has no choice but to follow his visitations. In our stories, we do. That’s why we reach out to those who need it while we still can.
The Catch is populated with people who are on their second or third (or higher) chances. Because we emphasize grace, and grace is all about second chances, we understand and love to pass on Jacob Marley’s message. There’s still time!
Here at the Catch, we have people on second chances on their health, their marriages, their relationships, their life after abortion, their life free of addictions, and who among us is not grateful we have a second, third, fourth, (… etc.) chance on sin? God’s grace is all about second chances, and this is where our life stories all begin, with God’s offer of grace.
Your end-of-the-year gift will help us extend second chances to more and more people who feel trapped by guilt, lies and legalism. The Catch is in the business of setting people free. Help us to continue this unique opportunity to reach people with the Gospel of Welcome — the Gospel of Second Chances. Like most non-profits, we count heavily on your year-end gift giving. Will you help us?
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