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Review by Mike Furches
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—Spiritual Connections

A SPIRITUAL WORD from david bruce

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I stopped believing in Santa Claus when my mother took me to see him in a department store, and he asked for my autograph.
-- Shirley Temple

Santa Claus wears a Red Suit, He must be a communist. And a beard and long hair, Must be a pacifist. What's in that pipe that he's smoking?
--Arlo Guthrie

Santa Claus had the right idea. Visit everyone once a year.
--Victor Borges

The parent who gets down on the floor to play with a child on Christmas Day is usually doing a most remarkable thing -- something seldom repeated during the rest of the year. These are, after all, busy parents committed to their work or their success in the larger society, and they do not have much left-over time in which to play with their children.
--Brian Sutton-Smith


There are some fascinating spiritual scenarios in the film that are worthy of note. The process of faith (belief) is critical to the story itself. The character has to come to the task of deciding what to believe and what not to believe. His entire life will be influenced by his decision, and he will be forced to endure the results. Along the way, a character who provides the way to and from the North Pole I found to be like Jesus in many regards. He was the deliverer; he was the one that the boy had to answer to. After giving an invitation to get on the train, he did not force any child to make the decision, the decision was theirs to make. This character was sent to serve and help people. He is loving most of the time, but can be stern when need be. This character is all about serving, delivering and helping those that he was sent to serve and deliver.

Click to enlargeAnother character with spiritual components was the Hobo or Ghost. Like the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit, this character is there to give insight to the boy, to answer questions, to help him along the journey to make the right decisions. When needing to be caught from the grips of death, the Spirit was there; when needing to have information on how to stop a runaway train, the Spirit was there to give advice to the boy. The boy has to respond and make his own decisions even here, but the Spirit knows how to relate.

Click to enlargeThen there is the character of Santa Claus. He gives gifts and everyone is at the North Pole to worship and to serve him. He brings about wonderful scenes of praise and glory, while at the same time demanding reverence. There is even the “heavenly choir” filled with elves that resemble angels. A fun point of this is that the choir at one point is led by band mate and leader Steven Tyler from Aerosmith. This Santa Claus character has as his desire the need to give gifts specifically to humans. He sees all, he knows all, he even gives second chances when need be, but will ultimately make a judgment regarding each individual on the planet.

Each child along the journey has challenges and obstacles to overcome. There are ample illustrations of the roller coaster of life that many of us live on, and I couldn’t help --while watching this movie-- thinking of the song "People Get Ready", "There’s a Train a'Coming." The truth is, one of the things that make this story so brilliant is that it is an analogy of not just Santa Claus and Christmas but for the very reason that Christmas exists. The reason as best described in John 3:16; “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life.”

Review by Mike Furches
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