Lessons from Literature: Harry Potter

A Dementor of Askaban

My son’s reading Harry Potter.   I’m not much interested in it myself, but this caught my attention this morning.  Andy was telling me about “the Dementors”.  “What are Dementors?” my fellow non-Harry-Potter-reading friends might ask.  They’re the creepy, dark-cloaked guards at Askaban, a prison in the wizarding world.  They glide about, tormenting the prisoners by causing them to relive their worst memories, and making them feel like they’d “never be cheerful again.” 

Sound familiar?  This is just what Satan tries to do to us, dear Christian.  He locks us up behind bars of guilt and shame, continually reminding us of every bad thing we’ve ever done — things he cheered us along to do in the first place, most likely.  He robs us of any cheerful thought, and feeds off our gloom.

And, of course, the antidote in the book is CHOCOLATE!  The answer for everything…happy sigh.  It counters the effects of the dementors, by warming up the victim, and restoring their emotions.

chocolateOur antidote for the harmful efects of our enemy, is TRUTH.  So, here’s some pieces of truth to warm up your insides:

“Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them– the Lord, who remains faithful forever.  He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous.”   Psalms 146:5-8

Who has come to set the prisoners free?  Jesus!  He’s the light that shines in the darkness… 

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  John 8:12

In His presence, shadows flee~~ “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” James 1:17

  A PRISONER’S PRAYER:

“Oh, Father, You are the Father of Lights.  You wrap Yourself in light as with a Sunrise on Pikes Peak, July 2009, Shumpert ©cloak.  (Psalm 104:2)  You came to set the prisoner’s free. Free me from dark thoughts and despairing sighs.  Fill me with light and truth.  Remind me of what’s good and right and true; of what’s noble and worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8).  Help me to love Your Word, to understand it when I read it.  In Jesus’ name, amen!”

Hershey's CocoaDo you know the better-than-chocolate Savior of our Souls?  Click on the Hershey’s Cocoa can for a quick introduction. 🙂

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