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The Least of These: A Christmas Story

Matthew 25:34-40

"Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”

There are "Christmas Movies" and then there are "Movies that become a tradition to watch at Christmas." The Least of These: A Christmas Story is exactly that, a movie that will become a tradition.

The typical "feel-good" holiday season movie is usually very predictable and you know the plot is similar to the last few you just watched. This movie, however, grabs you from the start and never lets go.

Rose, played by Loretta Lynn's granddaughter, Tayla Lynn, is a single-mother, struggling every day to make ends meet, while raising her young daughter on a waitress' salary. They end each day in their "home", which is a car, not heated, not running, just a shelter from the elements. This is where they have their evening conversations. Where Rose uses her gift as an escape from reality, even if for a little while. Where mother and daughter hold hands and thank God for all their blessings. In a place where some would argue, what could they possibly be thankful for, this film takes you on a heart-felt, emotional journey through the ups and the downs.

There are familiar faces in this film, such as Duane Allen (The Oak Ridge Boys), and Deborah Allen and new faces including Emma Faith and Tayla Lynn.

This is one to purchase and watch over and over. While reminding us of what Christmas is truly about. It also serves as a reminder, any time of the year, that faith, forgiveness and love are among the most powerful things we have to hold onto.

Make sure to check out the trailer above and keep up with these artists as I could definitely see a follow-up here.

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