A star guided the wise men to Jesus a very long time ago and Sunday “The Star” guided us to the movie theater to watch another version of Jesus’ birth. It was a wonderful and well-made animated movie that appealed to Crawford and the adults that brought him there.
The whole movie is told from the animals’ point-of-view with Bo the donkey taking center stage. Though we all know the basic premise of Jesus’ birth and the First Christmas, the rest of this column will contain spoilers.
Among the other animals were birds, camels, mice, sheep, a cow, a horse and some dogs. These animals brought a humorous and light atmosphere to the telling but the integrity of the story stayed intact.
The beautiful ribbon that flowed through the story was one that I hadn’t really expected. The ribbon that swirled throughout the story was forgiveness and acceptance. Forgiveness and acceptance is the bedrock of why Jesus was born to Earth. He grew to be a man and made the ultimate sacrifice for us.
Children probably won’t read all that into this movie but I am sure they will pick up on how different characters were forgiven and changed for the better.
First, Joseph accepts the large load of information that Mary and the angel told him. He slowly learns that this task isn’t above him but he was doing the job God needed him to do. In the process of finding that acceptance he becomes a better man and does what is needed for Mary to give birth.
That forgiveness and acceptance ribbon weaves it way even to the animals. The old donkey accepts that maybe Bo was destined to do something great in his life so he helps him escape from the mill. Along Bo’s journey, friends that are very different than he help him. The story brings the donkey to a crossroads and at first he turns his back on his journey and his friends. When he finally finds what he thought was his dream he realizes that he was on the path he was supposed to follow all along.
In the movie one of Herod’s guards takes his two mean dogs out to find the Christ child. Throughout the movie these mean toothy dogs are after Bo and his friends to complete their goal. However as the story comes to an end, Bo saves the two dogs, Thaddeus and Rufus and sets them free from the chains that bound them. (sound familiar?) This one kind act changed both of these characters.
A baby is heard crying and Bo goes to the stable where he finds his friend Mary and her baby. She tells the animals that his name is Jesus and calls Bo over to her to see. But before Bo goes to her Thaddeus and Rufus come into the stable but are blocked from view by the other animals. Bo looks into their eyes and nods are exchanged and with that Bo says let them in, they are friends. The dogs slowly come in and reverently bow their heads.
Yes, maybe I am a goob but I did cry a little bit. The whole thing was just so sweet and really drove home the power of the small little baby. It brought the whole reason for the season to the forefront of my heart and mind. The power of that star compelled many people and even animals that something was about to change. Oh boy, is that an understatement. The light of that star brought hope, peace and lit the way. That star was the light of Christ’s crown and the flicker of his first birthday. It signaled a new beginning that at that time many didn’t understand. My tears were a product of all of this and the smile on Crawford’s face showed me that the Christmas story is never out of style.