Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Beauty and the Beast

Last night I saw the Broadway musical Beauty and the Beast.  This was my second time to see it.  I love the story because it is such a beautify love story.  The main characters are Belle and the Beast. 

The Beast's outward appearance reflects what was once his inner self - a selfish man full of pride and arrogance, who lacked compassion for those less fortunate than himself.  One careless decision trapped him in his tortured beastly state.  There is only one thing that can save him from complete condemnation -- true love.

Belle is the lovely heroine, who sees beyond the outward appearance of the Beast.  Belle breaks through the hard outer shell the Beast has constructed and opens his heart.  She is his savior, and her love breaks the curse restoring the Beast to the prince he once was.

It's a fairy tale of course.  But, if you think about it long enough, you can see maybe it isn't.  For all of us are in some way the Beast.  Within us is vanity and pride, careless thoughts and actions, and at times a lack of love and compassion for our fellow man.  Our hearts are as hard and empty as the Beast.  We are condemned by our sin, and eternal torture awaits except we have a true love who has come to save us.  Jesus, our Belle, sees beyond the ugliness of sin and loves us anyway.  All we have to do is open our hearts to Him so He can transform us into something new and forgiven.  This story of Beauty and the Beast is no fairy tale.  It's the love story of my life. 

My beautiful Jesus, thank you for loving me.

Enjoy my favorite song from Beauty and The Beast.

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