2014 Lenten Devotional – “40 Days Of Disney” – Day Ten
Song #31 – “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo” – Cinderella
Few Disney movies are as universally recognized as “Cinderella,” a story complete with an unexpected princess, a wicked stepmother, and a fairy godmother, all characters who have consequently become standards in American fantasy and folklore. In Disney’s interpretation of the classic tale, Fairy Godmother sings an anthemic incantation, “Salagadoola mechicka boola bibbidi-bobbidi-boo” as she turns our protagonist from house servant into beautiful princess, until midnight, of course.
Meanwhile, the Gospel goes out of its way to explain that the miracles of Jesus are neither simple folklore nor common magic, and that true healing took place whenever Christ was present. However, there were times when even Jesus used Hebrew “incantations” to help the unbelieving Greek (or Aramaic) speaking crowds believe. For example, in Mark 7, when Jesus encountered a deaf and mute man, “Looking into heaven, Jesus sighed deeply and said,“Ephphatha,” which means, “Open up.” At once, his ears opened, his twisted tongue was released, and he began to speak clearly,” (CEB). Other passages demonstrate that it only takes faith or the touch of Jesus to be healed. This passage establishes that, even still, Christ is willing to meet people wherever they are, in their own places and needs, so that all may experience his love and be healed.
Blessed Healer, we thank you for reaching out to us, amidst our personal circumstances and struggles, and meeting us wherever we are. Help us be open to your loving power, so that we may experience your healing touch in our lives, and follow you in confidence and strength. Amen.