Monday, July 5, 2010

Sacrifice and Lessons from Potter

Spoiler Alert: There's a little bit of a Potter spoiler- though if you haven't read the books and have just seen the movies you don't really know what's going on and that's on you. ;) Read the books!

Meghan and I had heard that they were having a free fireworks show at the Riverfront Park (near downtown) tonight with the Nashville Symphony. So tonight we got ready and headed that way. On the way there were random fireworks going off all over Nashville. I'm truly a fantasy fiction nerd. One of my first thoughts was, I bet this is what it was like the night Voldemort attacked the Potters and was virtually destroyed by Harry, or rather Lily's sacrifice for Harry. If you haven't read Harry Potter you don't really know what I'm talking about. 

'Let me there is too much, let me sum up.' 

The night after Halloween people were celebrating all over England just like we celebrated our freedom all across America tonight. But these people were'n't free from the unpleasant reign of a far away government, they were free from a reign of terror. In this book series, 'there was this wizard who went...bad. As bad as you can go. Worse. Worse than worse. His name was Voldemort.' Voldemort had plagued the wizarding world for around ten years causing fear, death, pain and heartache. No one could stand up to him and no one could stop him. But a mother who sacrificed herself for her child, Harry, stops him- at least for 14 years or so(and in the end Harry stops him by the same means). Lily Potter doesn't stop him- this living terror- by any words, spells, or physical force, she stops him by sacrifice. Voldemort wants to kill her son and she sacrifices herself for him, giving him protection from this evil one. Now I realize this illustration- like every illustration- falls short in one way or another, but as I watched fireworks pop up across the sky and as my mind turned for a second to this series I found that I was humbled and called to praise the Lord for His sacrifice for us, freeing us from a reign of terror instead thinking much of the physical freedom we celebrated today. Brothers and sisters, let us not praise Him for our physical freedom alone, for our true freedom is not physical, but a spiritual. For what is physical freedom when we're a slave to sin?

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