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Acts of Love

There was much anticipation when the movie “Frozen” came out. I think many from my generation and, while some may be ashamed to admit it, our parents as well were excited for what we hoped would be another great Disney musical. In my opinion, it did not disappoint. In true Disney form the songs have gained instant popularity, are sung by the masses regardless of age and have created YouTube sensations out of those who wanted to put their creative spin on these new Disney favorites.

But, after the awe settled and I thought about the plot and message of this film, I was overwhelmingly thankful for the way that it portrayed love. As someone who spends the majority of my time with middle and high school students, it is always refreshing when the media or Hollywood offers a contrasting perspective on love and romantic relationships. Beyond Anna’s pursuits for belonging and “true love,” we watch her live out her unconditional love for her sister, Elsa. This love shows Anna believing in Elsa, longing for a relationship with Elsa, going to great lengths to get her sister back and eventually risking her life for her sister.

A few months ago, while sitting in worship, my 9-year-old niece listened intently yet oh so subtly to the sermon. My mom did not realize she was listening, but then, at just the right moment, the light bulb went off for her. She motioned for my mom to lean down and whispered, “Yeah, Maman! An act of love will melt a frozen heart.” While the sermon was not about the movie “Frozen” that week, the point that she took away is an important message for all of us.

“An act of love will melt a frozen heart.” In the case of the movie, it was Anna leaping in front of her sister to save her. However, we can live out acts of love every day and by doing so make an impact on those around us. This may not involve risking our lives for someone but may cost us our time, our comfort, our money, our space and perhaps even our own hearts. After all, Christ gave us an example to follow. He made a difference every day by living out love and making sacrifices to melt all hearts, especially the frozen hearts. Ultimately, Christ made the greatest sacrifice for all of us. Romans 5:8 tells us, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

That kind of love melts hearts and changes lives. Let’s find a way to offer acts of love in a new way every day.

About Ashley Allen

Rev. Ashley Allen serves as an associate pastor at Floris UMC. She also oversees the student ministries program and finds great joy in working with the incredible students at Floris UMC. When Ashley is not at church she is spending time with her awesome niece.

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