Grandson, Harrison and I watched an older movie last night, "The Never Ending Story", and some of the lines in the movie are stuck in my head. I think there is a significance there.....
In the movie, the fantasy world of Fantasia is being destroyed by a force called the "Nothing", a void of darkness that consumes everything. The creatures of Fantasia gathered to plead help from the Childlike Empress, and a warrior was summoned from the Plains People.
The child warrior went through all kinds of perilous situations with the wolf-like enemy in close pursuit. The warrior child lost his horse in the Swamps of Sadness, but managed to keep his focus and not be swallowed up by the swamp.
When the warrior child boldly faced the enemy, the creator of the Nothingness, he was told that "People who have no hope are easy to control".
In the end, the child reading the book became part of the story and was asked, "Why don't you do what you dream?". Then the Empress Child said to him, "Call my name. Call my name. CALL MY NAME.", so that the world could be restored to its former glory.
During this season of pseudo celebration of Jesus birth, may we do more than just acknowledge the baby in the manger. May we keep our focus on the upward call of Him who saves us. May we not give in to the Swamps of Sadness. May we CALL HIS NAME with passion. May our hope increase - Christ in us, the HOPE OF GLORY! And may we be the warrior children of God that keep the nothingness from destroying our world.
Glory to God in the Highest!