A Little Princess

14 July 2010

If you’ve had any kind of cultured childhood at all, you should have watched ‘A Little Princess’. Okay, so that was a big generalization, but I would like to write a few comments about this film adaptation of a charming novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

In the story, Sara Crewe is left at a strict boarding school by her father who has to go fight in the trenches of WW I. In self-sacrificial fashion, Papa leaves his ‘little princess’ to perform his duty. In the course of the plot, Sara and the audience receive the tragic news that Papa has fallen in battle. Penniless, Sara is forced to work as a lowly servant in Miss Minchin’s institution.

Beware, spoilers ahead! While Sara is not living the life of a royal at this point, she still believes the enduring rule that ‘all girls are princesses’. At the story’s climax, her Father reappears – having survived the battle, conquering his wounds – and saves his Sara from the clutches of Miss Minchin, redeeming the other girls at the school as well.

Now, of course, I saw this film and thought instantly of the way our Father in Heaven treats us. Even though we are in God’s royal family (1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”), Christians are placed in this fallen world for a time. Our surroundings may not treat us like the precious jewels we are, but the fact remains that God called us his princes and princesses. (Yes, the rule applies to boys!) When the war is over, when the final battle is won, when death has lost its sting, Christ will redeem his Church – bringing us to our promised home.

Christians, be comforted! Next time, or even the first time, you watch ‘A Little Princess’ think of how the child’s story is really a bit of our story too.

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