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Harula’s GLADvent Calendar


December 24

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the night. (Helen Keller)

Well, we can’t finish up Harula’s GLADvent celebration without one of the most important words in the English language — FRIENDSHIP!

d6e0dd8a133f23851ba629c5213c0383You may not know this, though I’ve mentioned it on here before, but I LOVE Clarence Odbody, Angel 2nd Class (because he hasn’t yet earned his wings) from the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.” I think my guardian angel must be just like that. Very unconventional but gets the job done.. 😀 Now Clarence was very wise. When George Bailey was ready to cash it in because he thought he was a failure, Clarence set about convincing him otherwise by showing him what his life would be like if he’d never been born. After a frightful night of revelations, George realizes how precious his life really is and decides he’d rather face jail than not ever having been born. And because he successfully completed his “mission” with George, Clarence finally got his wings.

ctn0-h1ukaanblaIn probably the most famous scene from the movie, George finds a gift from his old friend Clarence. The inscription in the book reads:

Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends.

That message was the reason Frank Capra made the film. It was his tribute to the working-class man who often felt hopeless and left behind. After 70 years I think it’s safe to say that its continued popularity proves he definitely hit the mark.

But interestingly, it is another one of Clarence’s quotes that gives me more cause to ponder. After putting George (literally) through hell, Clarence says to him:

Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?

I ask you. How many lives wouldn’t be touched for the better if YOU, my FRIENDS, weren’t in them? I know of one for sure…MINE. I am so blessed to have met you all, and am truly grateful this Christmas season to be able to call you my FRIENDS....



Picture Sources:
Stocking — Harula
Clarence Odbody — Pinterest
George finds Clarence’s book — Twitter
Merry Christmas — SlideShare