The word “Once” is inexorably connected to fairytales in my mind. It’s the magic word that opens up a world before our eyes as we read “Once upon a time…” Anything can happen now. This has been a much-anticipated day for me (and thousands of others) as the season 2 premier of Once Upon a Time airs this evening. Their tagline, “Magic is coming” gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. I was instantly smitten with the show when I watched the premier last year as I was drawn to the deep themes that the producers emphasized. Although turning traditional fairytales on their head, the show stays true to the heart of all good fairytales, exploring themes of love and loss, despair and hope, and redemption. What I loved most about season 1 was watching the characters in trying moments of their lives, seeing them wrestle through their choices and responses, and dealing with the consequences of their actions. Without fail, all the characters on the show has lost something they loved, and how they respond to that loss sets them on a path that has long-ranging repercussions and sets them down a course of heroism and goodness or selfishness and dominion. They are either examples to follow or cautions to heed. But more than the morality, fairytales are the ancient whispers of hope of our civilizations. The themes of redemption and restoration echo in their words across the centuries they’ve been spoken into the ears of children and adults alike. Always, they carry the promise of hope. No matter how dark and desperate things become in the story, goodness will conquer evil, curses are broken, and everlasting happiness is assured. And there, in a nutshell, is all the essence of God’s story with us.
Blessings to you,