‘have courage and be kind’

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Deu 31:6  Amen!

Courage and kindness let that sink in a bit…

These two words one wouldn’t think of putting them together, side by side. Yet, in the present environment we live in; in the disunity disengage times we’re a part of and the endtime period the Scripture’s tells us about. The hearts of many will turn and hearts will become will be cold in performing acts of kindness. Courage is needed to keep our heart intact not to sway or become devious, but keep true to the nature of the gifts of the Holy Spirit,

 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.. Gal 5:22People are fearful nowadays to show any kindness to others, because of what they themselves experience(d) and so the cycle continues. Their own feelings turn abusive or manipulative to the kindness offered. Yet there ARE others who DO care…

I recently saw a version of “Cinderella”, where its director Kenneth Branagh embodies all these qualities within the storyline.

In looking up the right version of the film, I came across a site called ‘MovieGlimps’, where in their own words, they are “Connecting spiritual insights and gospel themes to the movies that touch your heart.” After reading their glimp’s into the movie, I found I couldn’t of said it better then their own words… ( please find below movieglimps’ synopsis of Cinderella: )

Theme: “Exaltavit Humiles”

“He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones, And has exalted those who were humble.  He has filled the hungry with good things; And sent away the rich empty handed.”  Luke 1:51-53

There is a deep magic in Walt Disney Pictures’ new live action release Cinderella. Director Kenneth Branagh has remained true to the classic Charles Perrault fairytale, refusing to give it any post-modern twists or distortions. While maintaining the beloved storyline, the new Cinderella has been infused with a depth of meaning the 1950 animated film or even the storybook versions could never quite capture, making this Cinderella the fairest of them all.

The Garden

The narrator begins the movie with the story of a young girl named Ella. She is the beloved daughter of a happily married couple who have their own little idyllic kingdom. The Princess, as they call Ella, is heir to all the beauty, goodness, and love this kingdom possesses. She plays in the garden, communicates with her subjects the animals and is adored by her mother and father. Her world is filled with magic, as fairy godmothers do exist and a paper “Papillion” from France is an extraordinary treasure.

The butterfly given to Ella by her father is a harbinger of things to come.  Butterflies are symbolic of transformation and more importantly resurrection. For something to be resurrected, it first must die; and so Ella encounters death when her dearest mother becomes fatally ill.  The magical home with the swan chandelier (swans are symbols of chastity, fidelity, loyalty and monogamy) is filled with a sorrow and sadness it has never known.

In her final moments Ella’s mother shares with her a secret which will see her through all trials. She tells Ella what to do: have courage and be kind. She gives her knowledge of who she truly is, kindness personified, and teaches her the beauty and power of forgiveness by humbling herself and asking for it.

 

I encourage you to continue reading via  https://www.movieglimpse.com/cinderella

 

Thank you for visiting 🙂 God bless

May we all show our courage and kindness to others in a world so desperately needing it.

(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)  Eph 5:9
sources and gratitude: “Cinderella”, Director Kenneth Branagh,  https://www.movieglimpse.com/cinderella , MovieGlimpse.com
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