Thursday, December 3, 2009

One Magic Christmas

Does this man look like an angel?

                               "guardian angel, Gideon" played by Harry Dean Stanton, not exactly what we think of when we hear the word Angel. In the 1985 Disney movie, Gideon is sent to  a despondent young mother who gets a lesson in the Christmas spirit.

The movie shows us  the mother of two children, Abbie  and Caleb, and a husband, Jack who has been out of work since June, and the family has to move out of the company house by January 1.  The mother is crabby and not very nice to her family, she is totally focused on material goods. by the end of the movie This Out of the Ordinary, slightly spooky angel, shows a mother the true meaning of Christmas. "
"Christmas" is not money or materialistic things, but the people in her life that she cares about that are the most important when it comes to true "Christmas Spirit."

"Only a life lived in the service of others is worth living. Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. Albert Einstein."

The second photo and this photo show angels as we expect them to look. Did you know there are no female angels in the Bible?

Decorate yourself from the inside out. ~Andrei Turnhollow

Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts. ~Janice Maeditere

Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles. ~Author Unknown

This is Michael, The Archangel, ready for battle. Not exactly how we envision angels. One Magic Christmas reminded me that not all the angels in our lives look like we expect them to.
Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2

"Angels unaware"--an old saying, based on this verse, that reminds us that we never know who's watching our actions, good or bad. This verse is a challenge to always act in a way that's honoring to God, no matter who we're dealing with and no matter how trivial the action.

We're not to hesitate to help or extend hospitality to strangers--for sometimes the strangers we're helping turn out to have been sent by God. We never know through whom God will speak to our lives, so we shouldn't ever turn down an opportunity to serve.



Ginny Hartzler said...

A Christmas movie theme for your December posts! How cool! It seems everyone has a theme for their blogs this month! I look forward to the rest of your movie stories. I have not seen this one either! I have watched a lot of the Lifetime channel and Hallmark channel movies, but you have somehow found ones that I haven't seen. It's good to learn about new ones! You are so right about angels. I will be teaching about them at church shortly, so have been studying up. I remember Harry Dean Stanton!!! I had totally forgotten him! He was a character actor who seemed to be in everything maybe 20 years ago. It seemed he mostly played villans. I wonder whatever happened to him? Have you seen him in any recent movies?

Betsy Banks Adams said...

I love Christmas movies also, Sandra. Do you ever watch the sweet little Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel???? CUTE!!!!

Great pictures, quotes and your message... Christmas is definitely NOT about presents and gifts!!!!


Anonymous said...

This is a very timely reminder, as the stores fill with eager shoppers filling carts and baskets high, that Christmas means so much more than unfettered materialism. Love the quotes you selected.

Madeline said...

Love both of your Christmas blogs! I watched that movie yesterday, or the day before?? We are both into hokey Christmas movies. Between Lifetime and Hallmark, over the season I think I see them all. I watch the same ones over and over each year, and of course any new ones they come up with. Keep up the good blogging!

SquirrelQueen said...

I am loving your Christmas movie theme this month. I don't remember this one but it sounds good and I will watch for it.

My favorite Christmas angel will always be Clarence from It's a Wonderful Life. I still think about him when I hear a little bell tinkle.