Have Things Really Changed?

Every night, before bed, my hubby and I always spend some time together watching a little TV or movies.  It’s just something we’ve always done.  Usually it’s episodes from some of our favorite shows (Doctor Who, LOST, Once Upon A Time, Friends), nothing too serious.  Occasionally we’ll find a movie to spread over a couple nights, also, generally light-hearted flicks.  But over the past two nights we changed that a little bit.  We finally relented and let a movie that we’ve put off for several years move to the top of our Netflix DVD queue.  One, most people our age watched years ago, but that for some reason, we’d both avoided. Schindler’s List.

Being a huge lover of history, I’d always wanted to watch it.  But, anyone who has ever studied that part of world history also knows why I’ve always avoided it.  It’s painful. Very painful.  I still can’t wrap my mind around the Holocaust.  It just doesn’t make sense to me.  How?  Why?  What were they really thinking?  I mean…there are no words, only a million questions.  I will never understand how anyone could justify any of that.

But what has weighed heavy on my mind and heart since we finished the film last night…have things really changed?

Sure, the scale of genocide that occurred then was massive, and things like that don’t happen very often even on a small scale.  But the hatred.  The pure hatred of people who are the slightest bit different…has that changed in our society?  Watch the news for 5 minutes and you’ll know it hasn’t.

Most of culture doesn’t seem to value life.

Just because your ethnicity is different than mine, doesn’t mean you don’t have value.

Just because your lifestyle doesn’t line up with what I believe, doesn’t mean you don’t have value.

Just because you worship (or don’t worship) a god that isn’t my God, doesn’t mean you don’t have value.

Just because you were “unplanned” doesn’t mean you don’t have value.

LIFE IS VALUE!

You live. You breathe. Your heart beats. You think. You love. You hurt. You laugh. YOU HAVE VALUE!

For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in Your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139: 13-16

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We will never all agree on lifestyles, religions, etc.  But disagreeing doesn’t mean we have to hate.

Christian sisters & brothers, please, oh please, hear this.  Christ called us to love the world.  LOVE.  Don’t be confused or misled. Take a lesson from Paul:

Romans 12 English Standard Version (ESV)

A Living Sacrifice

12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Gifts of Grace

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Marks of the True Christian

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Be blessed!

-De

Frozen: A Humble Review

Warning: This post contains spoilers!

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First, I just HAVE to comment on the Disney Short cartoon that precedes the movie.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!!

“Get A Horse” is a great updated Classic Mickey short!  My children cackled (as did everyone else in the audience)!  Slap-stick cartoons are always great.

Now, onto the feature.

If you just really aren’t sure what this movie is all about, it’s inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen. 

My absolute favorite part…IT’S A REAL MUSICAL!!!  I adored the music in this film!

I fell in love with Anna from the first scene!  Such a fun character.Anna

Voiced by Kristen Bell, musically awesome, character capture…nailed it!  Anna is so fun-loving and free, albeit a tad bit (understatement) naive.  I thank the artists for making such an awesomely imperfect princess.  Her reddish hair, fair skin, and THOUSANDS of freckles (my favorite) were wonderful.

disney-elsa-frozen-trailerElsa is Anna’s older and magically gifted sister.  Voiced by Idina Menzel, perfect casting IMO, musically wondeful!  Elsa is a quiet character, who has her moments of wildness.  Gifted at birth with the ability to create snow, she is forced to keep it a secret…even from her sister.  This choice, made by their royal parents after a childhood accident, leads to the girls being shut off from society and each other almost completely.  Elsa is basically kept in solitary.

Olaf1Every good movie needs comic relief, right?  Olaf is wonderful!  I just wanted to bring this little snowman home with me.  Sometimes his dialogue seemed a little ridiculous, but you can’t help but love him, even though the writers may have been trying a bit too hard. 🙂

So, as a parent, do I have any warnings?

Scariness: Elsa creates a snow monster to chase Anna and Kristoff away, he gets a little intense at times.  However, my 6 & 10 year olds weren’t phased by him at all.

Emotional: As children, Elsa accidentally freezes Anna’s brain.  Although Anna is healed, it resulted in Elsa having to keep her gift a secret from everyone, including Anna.  This also is the reason they are basically removed from society.

The king and queen are killed in an accident at sea while the girls are teens.

Lovey Dovey Stuff: Anna is so sheltered, she daydreams about meeting Mr. Right.  So what happens upon her first meeting a guy who says all the right things?  She agrees to marry him…on the day they meet!  Of course, this leads to a very difficult life lesson learned later. (I don’t want to give everything away.)

When Elsa runs away and discovers her true self, she has a dramatic wardrobe change.  From sweet princess to “Wowza” in a song.  The animated body language is a bit over the top.  So, parent be aware.  We all know how our little princess like to mimic their animated counterparts.

Yes, this is a movie about finding true love, but not in the way Disney normally does it.  It’s love between sisters!  Family love, which trumps all the rest.

I can’t express how much I adored this little movie.

My rating:

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Be Blessed!

-De