Bill Welte, President and CEO of America’s Keswick, recently posted on Facebook that he had seen the movie “Frozen.” He asked a question that I really wasn’t looking to answer…”In all the Disney movies, why are the parents of the main character dead or they die early into the story?” Because of something I was reading a few days later I thought about this question again. From a worldly/secular view it makes me think that the family is so often attacked. Are parents purposely left out? Many sitcoms portray parents as losers and fathers as dumb. Why are parents non-existent in so many stories? It could simply be that the plot of a good story starts with a deep wound, such as the loss of a parent or parents that eventually concludes with a happy ending.
In The Wall Around Your Heart by Mary DeMuth, the author shares about some deep wounds from loss and even the wounds received from other people. Mary was sharing with a friend her own lament in feeling deeply the loss of family and the lack of support from parents and grandparents. Mary’s friend responded with these words: “Isn’t God big enough to fill the void? Doesn’t He declare Himself a father to the fatherless (and a mother to the motherless)? Think of those children of Israel whose parents were so unfaithful God had to kill them off. Then He took their children into the Promised Land to fight the enemies with no parental support and a bad parental history. They only had the Lord, and He wanted them to trust that that was enough. Just because a grandmother prays doesn’t mean it will all be hunky-dory. Just because there isn’t a grandmother who prays doesn’t mean it won’t be. Don’t believe the lies! God is enough. He has always been and always will be enough.”
I had never thought of the children of Israel as parentless, without support and guidance as I read it in scripture. But God was there to fill in the void! I’m not sure of the writers of stories or Hollywood film maker’s exact motives to remove parents from the story line. I am, however, confident that for you and I who are feeling the losses of parents, who have been wounded by those in our stories…..God is enough to fill the void! Regardless of death, lack of relationship and involvement in our lives, Jesus always desires a relationship with us. He is enough to fill the void.
Kathy’s on staff at America’s KESWICK in the Development Department. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 28 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and has taught Sunday School and Bible Studies for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.