2014 Lenten Devotional – “40 Days of Disney” – Day 37
Song #4 – “Beauty and the Beast” – Beauty And The Beast
Few songs in the Disney cannon are more timeless and universally acclaimed throughout the ages than Angela Lansbury’s elegantly exquisite rendition of the titular anthemic ballad from “Beauty and the Beast.” While the protagonists share a romantic dance, Mrs. Pott’s narrates the journey the two have shared thus far, singing, “Tale as old as time, true as it can be, bittersweet and strange, finding you can change, learning you were wrong.”
There is a reason these lyrics have touched so many hearts throughout the years, because they speak to a common hope; transformation. In the Bible, this change begins within ourselves, as Paul writes, “Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out what God’s will is—what is good and pleasing and mature,” (Romans 12:2, CEB). However, our hope doesn’t end in this life, for as we assume the nature of Christ through the Holy Spirit, our hope extends into eternity, as Paul continues, “Listen, I’m telling you a secret: All of us won’t die, but we will all be changed— in an instant, in the blink of an eye, at the final trumpet. The trumpet will blast, and the dead will be raised with bodies that won’t decay, and we will be changed,” (1 Corinthians 15: 51-52, CEB).
Transfigured Christ, we praise you for the resurrecting power you have, offering us rebirth and new life. Help us change our hearts and minds so they are more like your own, and in doing so, may we experience a transformation that brings with it, eternity. Amen.