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ONCE UPON A TIME

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Am I the only one who takes notes during a new hit TV drama?

Watching previews for ABC’s new show, Once Upon a Time, I developed a perception of the show, but that changed when I saw an extended preview at a movie theater. It sprung out at me that there are going to be some unique messages underlying this show. Some of those themes were reflected right out of the box, and I’m going to share them with you.

The first show was decent, in light of much of the garbage you can find on television. Let’s hope it stays that way.

We can dream–it’s a fairy tale, right? If you did not see the first episode, read this two-paragraph Synopsis before reading my blog post.

Emma was driving Henry, a young boy, home, not believing a word he was saying about his book of fairy tales.

Just because you believe something doesn’t make it true,” Emma said.

That’s exactly what makes it true,” Henry replied.

That exchange resonated with me within the context of my Christian faith. Learning from the woman, who touched Jesus’ robe in faith, (1) Faith is declaring something as God’s and expecting divine results. Mark5:28,34. (2) Something becomes divine when we declare it to be. Mark5:29. (3) Anything good, that we declare as God’s, will become His. Mark5:30. (4) What becomes divine is up to us. Touch in faith, then take your hands off it. Mark5:27,33.

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews11:1.

Henry and Emma, abc.com

Later in the show, the Evil Queen declared…

No more happy endings.”

You know what the Evil Queen’s curse was? She sent them all to our world, “the real world.”

It’s true–how many people in “the real world” even still believe in happy endings? How many lives have we seen on the news not enjoy a happy ending? As an illustration, maybe you’re a married couple struggling in your relationship–I like to encourage people to think back to when you first fell in love with that person. What were the ingredients to the strength of your love? You probably had hope for what the two of you would accomplish together in the future. I contend, one of the secrets to love is to have faith in the present that there is hope for the future. Oh, that sounds familiar–1Corinthians13:13.

This faith, hope, and love can apply to any life, relationship or situation. People need to believe again. Find the same hope you had at the beginning.

“Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and make me willing to obey You.” Psalm51:12.

Snow White and Prince Charming, abc.com

One of my favorite lines came from Henry, the young boy. As “the kid” sounds like the crazy one, suggesting that the seemingly average folks of Storybrooke are really larger than life characters, the reality in the show is, the one who thinks of himself as average and life as never extraordinary is the one who is wrong. Henry insisted…

He’s the one who needs help, because he doesn’t know. None of them do. They don’t remember who they are.”

There is more to you than you know. Remember who you are. Speaking to Emma, Henry continued…

It’s your destiny. You’re going to bring back the happy endings.”

This responsibility falls on the individual–one person. Humorously enough, Emma recounted later that this whole story began to unfold on her 28th birthday after she did this…

I made a wish.”

Airs Sundays 8:00 PM EST, abc.com

You can watch the first episode online here: Once Upon a Time

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