2014 Lenten Devotional – “40 Days Of Disney” – Day 21
Song #20 – “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes” – Cinderella
Cinderella’s “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes,” proved that, as much as 90’s Disney characters enjoyed singing about “new worlds’ and “your world,” classic Disney loved nothing more than a good song about “dreams,” and “wishes.” I’m almost surprised Dusty Springfield’s song, “Wishin’ and Hopin'” wasn’t written for a Disney princess! Nevertheless, in the song, Cinderella sings to her animal friends about her longing for a better life (come to think of it, maybe it could have been a 90’s song after all!)
Cinderella ends her song with a hopeful declaration, “No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.” Paul offers a consistent response to this statement in many of his letters in the form of a benediction. In his letter from Rome, he writes, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in faith so that you overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit,” (Romans 15:13, CEB). Here, faith means trusting in the promises of God. For Cinderella, this means God intends for her dreams to come true, to save her from her grieving. The same applies to you and I, if we just keep on believing.
Compassionate God, we believe. Help our unbelief. Assure us, by your Holy Spirit, to trust in your promises of grace and salvation in the life eternal, but also in your desire for us to receive abundant life through your son, Jesus Christ, and your power to accomplish just that. Amen.