I must say that my heart leapt when I saw a few scant snowflakes land on the windowsill the other day. Sadly they seemed to be on a solo mission and didn’t bring millions of their friends. There is nothing quite like a Christmas snow.
As a kid I LOVED seeing Frosty the Snowman. I would count the days until the special would air, and would sit glued to the TV. It’s a terrific story that reminds me of one of my favorites from scripture. Scripture? Yeah, you read that right. The whole story is ripe with Christian metaphors.
So let’s break down Frosty’s adventure through a gospel lens.
Karen and her friends build a snow man (nothing overly biblical here – I know)
A magician comes to the school; he’s a flop (random)
He throws his magic hat out after it doesn’t work for his magic show (I know – you’re thinking – where’s the gospel lens Harmony??? It’s coming….hang with me)
The snowman comes to life and the kids name him Frosty (a much better name than “Oatmeal”)
Frosty has a great time playing and learning about the world with Karen and her friends from the school. (Community is important. Friends matter.)
It begins to get a bit warmer, and that’s no good for Frosty. He begins to melt. (Clearly this isn’t the best environment for him, he isn’t doing well – and his friends know it)
Karen and her friends quickly realize that they need to get Frosty to the North Pole.
They hop on a train in an effort to get Frosty to a place where he won’t melt (can you think of any friends in the bible who set out on a journey to help their friend??? Hint – hint)
Karen begins to get sick because the refrigerator car on the train is too cold. So they hop off the train, and again Frosty begins to melt. It’s a tough situation.
They decide the person that could help Frosty is Santa….. (Remember when the group of four friends in Mark 2 decided to take their friend who was paralyzed to see Jesus? They knew he could help.)
Through a series of unfortunate event Frosty ends up being locked in a greenhouse where he melts. (I know, even as a kid I would think “You’ve GOT to be kidding me! What are the odds there would be a poinsettia greenhouse in the middle of nowhere? Unbelievable!)
Enter Santa. The “hero”. (Think of him as the “Christ Figure” here. Metaphorically speaking Santa’s role in this story is reminiscent of the story in Mark 2 – Jesus can make the man who is paralyzed whole. He can give him life everlasting.)
And there you have it, an opportunity to talk to your kids about Jesus, and inclusion. It’s a win-win! Gospel undertones in a cartoon classic about a snowman who came to life one day.
The story of the four friends from Capernaum who cut a hole in the roof to get their friend who was paralyzed to the Messiah is one that I plan to go over with Ransom over and over again. I want him to understand that we are called to love and care for our friends. To bring them to the feet of Jesus, and leave it to him from there.
A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2 They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
What can you do to help introduce our friends affected by disability to Jesus? Where can you cut a hole in the roof? (Metaphorically speaking of course. Unless you’re putting in an elevator, in which case, bring on the wrecking crew!)
Our team at Key Ministry is passionate about doing whatever it takes to introduce families affected by disability to the one who can heal their hearts and make them whole. This Christmas we invite you to join our mission through a tax deductible gift to help us build a “church for every child”!
We’ve created a Key Catalog filled with awesome “Gifts” for every budget. Whether it’s a $1 donation for a stocking stuffer, or $50 towards creating new FREE online resources to help churches serve families affected by disability – there’ something for everyone! We’ll even send you a certificate you can present to your loved one to let them know how their gift advances the kingdom.
Merry Christmas everyone – and remember what we learned from Frosty and the four friends from Mark 2…
Friends don’t let friends melt…..and they’re not afraid to do some heavy lifting, and creative remodeling to make sure that everyone gets to meet Jesus!
Here’s to Changing the World….Together!