This week’s devotion is written by Grace Heimerdinger-Baake, Director of Youth and Family Ministry

The movie Encanto has been on replay since Christmas Eve when it became available on Disney+. Encanto is a story of a magical family, the Madrigals, whose magical powers came through the sacrificial gift of their father’s love. That power and light provides a home for them, protects them and their village, and gifts each of the family members with unique and miraculous powers.

Except for one.

Mirabel doesn’t have a superpower, but she loves her family, and she loves her home, and she would do anything to protect it. When the walls start to crack, the candle starts to flicker,  it’s up to Mirabel to find a way to keep her home and her family together. Mirabel might just be her miraculous family’s only hope. 

Every time I watch Encanto, I see something new. The theme I have appreciated the most is the uniqueness of worth of each and every being. The Madrigals, other than Mirabel, use their magic to help their community to keep growing and turning as that is what they believe keeps the magic burning. Contrary to appearances, the Madrigals were far from the perfect family. 

Spoiler Alert! Sometimes the most powerful power or gift is the power of love and support. Mirabel’s love and support for her family is what saves their family. As the Casita cracks and crumbles to the ground, the family begins to realize the magic they received wasn’t actually the miracle. The miracle was their family and their community. Encanto concludes with the town coming together and helping the Madrigals build their new home. The town people, the common person, is who helped rebuild the Casita. Every person is important. Every person makes this world turn. 

As the movie concluded for the hundredth time, I was reminded of Paul’s letters to the people of Corinth. In Paul’s letter to Corinthians, he hoped the words he would share would heal the division that was created as the people thought some of the spiritual gifts were superior to other gifts. Paul writes, “The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance.” (1 Corinthians 12:25-26 MSG)

God has created each and everyone of us so fearfully and wonderfully (Psalm 139:14) and has given us our own unique gifts and talents (1 Peter 4:10-11) for us to share God’s love. Depending what your gifts are, your way of sharing God’s love will look different than your neighbor. 

Gracious God, you have so fearfully and wonderfully created me. Help me to use the gifts you have given me to share your light and love in this world. Amen.