Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | December 25, 2015

December 25, 2015 “The Beast Within”

” For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

Merry Christmas Dear Dear Friends!

Like many of you, I enjoy reading great adventure books…great stories from great authors. One of my favorite authors is Robert Lewis Stevenson. Do you remember a card game issued years ago called “Authors”? The game featured pictures of great authors…Shakespeare, Tennyson, Mark Twain, Longfellow, and Stevenson, to name a few. There would be a picture of each author and a listing of the books they had written. It was sort of like “Go Fish”…the idea being to collect a set of four of the same. I always liked completing the set of Stevenson, because I liked the works listed…Treasure Island…Kidnapped…Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. I came upon this interesting posting regarding the writing of this last story:

“One of the classic stories of our times, would be “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”, first published in 1886. In London, it was a roaring success, capturing the imagination of the people, because it told of the intriguing story of how an evil Mr. Hyde and a good Dr. Jekyll could coexist while in reality being the same person. It touches on the classic theme of the battle between good and evil.

There is that evil that ever seems to want to creep out of us and this theme… this story… written by Robert Louis Stevenson, is said to be the inspiration for certain characters in other stories that follow after it, such as “The Incredible Hulk” and “Two-Faced” in Batman.

Robert Louis Stevenson was once asked about the inspiration behind this story… who is the model for “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”,  and this is what the author himself said:

“I found it in my nature.
He was a Christian and had learned that there is indeed inside of every child of God a Beast.
Every saved person has a New Nature and an Old Nature.
I find that there is always a struggle with the “Beast that lives within me.”

Christianity had a profound impact on Robert Lewis Stevenson. I liked collecting his cards. I liked his face, and I liked his stories. Those listed were his more well known works. But not found on any of those cards was something else he wrote…a prayer written long ago which still rings true to this day…and one I leave with you this blessed Christmas day. Here is that prayer, and may it be ours today as well…Let’s pray!

O God our loving Father, help us rightly to remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men. May Christmas morning make us happy to be Thy children and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts…forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake, amen.”—Robert Louis Stevenson

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