Daily Devotions: Disney Princesses Make Me Cry

From Mom’s Night Out by Kerri PomarolliScreen Shot 2014-05-06 at 10.54.34 AM

Disney Princesses Make Me Cry

“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13:7 (esv)

It never used to be this way. I’d watch Cinderella and Snow White ride off into the sunset with their handsome prince and never shed a tear. But lately, as a mom, some of these movies are different for me.

It started with the movie Brave. It was the first time I took both of my daughters to a movie together. Ruby was only two, but she was groovin’ with the 3D glasses and the popcorn. At the end of the film, there is the scene where the mama bear almost sacrifices her life for her daughter. It was gut-wrenching and I was bawling while tightly holding my five-year-old in my arms. Lucy was like “Mom, why are you crying? It was her daughter that turned her into a bear in the first place. I don’t get it.” I sobbed all the way home saying, “You will honey, you will!” Maybe I was PMSing that day.

It also happened when I took the girls to see Frozen, the newest Disney offering in the fairy tale genre, which is about two sisters and their battle to break the curse that one of the sister’s has had since birth in which everything she touches turns to ice. We sang along and rooted for the heroine as she trekked across snow and mountains to find her sister who was voluntarily in hiding because she didn’t want to hurt anyone. Yes, there were princes involved. To break the spell there had to be a true act of love, and everyone was assuming it was going to be a kiss from Prince Charming. Well, Prince Charming wasn’t so charming after all and as it turned out, he was trying to steal the royal throne. The true act of love that broke the spell and freed the kingdom was the kiss and embrace between the sisters! I’m tearing up as I write this! It was a selfless act and all that was bad literally melted away. I felt like God was telling me that not only does love conquer all, but love heals all.

Like the movie Frozen, I have situations in my life where I feel like a curse needs to be broken. I understand the heartache of these two sisters, one feeling lonely and worthless to help herself and the other feeling helpless to heal her sister. In that dark movie theater I heard the voice of God . . . Love! And love is what we want. Love is the only way to a true happy ending. These Disney storytellers have no idea they are using their gifts and spreading the gospel of Jesus. Wow, I’m so cheesy right now. Note to self: Don’t watch Disney cartoons with my kids when I’m PMSing. I’ll end up buying three boxes of popcorn and a large bag of Sour Patch Kids and that’s just for me!

Take a MOMENT to think about . . .

1. Do you think it’s easier to love your kids unconditionally than others? Why?

2. Have you received a selfless act of true love? Have you given one?

Dear God, Thank You for speaking to me in unexpected places like a movie theater. Thank You for giving me the gift of love through your Son. Thank You that I’m a mom and for helping me understand what unconditional love is. Help me to relay that kind of love to others besides my own precious children, like my husband, friends, and those who don’t deserve it. Amen.