There are many messages packed in this one movie. I've watched it dozens of times over the last 40 years. With each viewing, I step away feeling blessed and reminded of what Christmas is all about.
I'm not speaking of the commercial Christmas we are all so familiar with, or even the holiday season of family gatherings, but the real reason for Christmas. The celebration of the first Christmas when Jesus was born. As a Christian, I am always grateful for the reminder that I need not stress over decorations, gifts, or even a specific date. I need only concentrate on Christ, my savior and the gift God gave all of us by giving us His Son.
We are most of the way through the movie when a visiting angel offers a beautiful message for all, the explanation of the symbols most often associated with Christmas. The star in remembrance of the Star in the East; the gifts in remembrance of the gifts given by the Wise Men; and the bells that represent the cry of the new born child.
This movie was the inspiration of a family tradition I started in our home when our children were babies. I always hung a stocking inscribed for Jesus alongside the stocking for our family members. I always wanted Jesus to be remembered.
I recently watched "The Bishop's Wife" again and I was struck by the reality of how we often want something and we ask for God's help. He may not give us exactly what we ask for, but He always answers our prayers with what is best for us, regardless of what we think would be best.
I hope you will take the time to watch this movie and listen for the message it has for you this year.
The Bishop's Wife Movie Synopsis
The Bishop's WifeCary Grant stars in this movie as Dudley, a visiting angel sent in response to the bishop's prayer. The bishop, played by David Niven, is completely focused on raising money to build a huge cathedral.
Bishop Henry Brougham can't quite bring himself to agree to the stipulations of one of his parishioners in order to procure the hefty donation she is offering. Throughout the movie, he continues to implore her to give the donation without unreasonable preconditions. He is so preoccupied with the cathedral fund that he forgets to be grateful for what he has already been blessed with.
It is Dudley's mission to help the bishop refocus on what is most important. Of course, Dudley touches the heart of every member of the bishop's household with his kind words and thoughtful deeds. What is most unexpected for Dudley is that he is also affected by this mission.
I highly recommend watching The Bishop's Wife this Christmas season. Even if you have watched it many times before, you too may find a new nugget of wisdom hidden within it.
Remember, "as you are walking though these streets of the city, you may suddenly look into a strange face. It may be the face of a murderer or it may be the face of an angel." (Dudley in "The Bishop's Wife)
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