The Adventures of Chris Fable: A Boy’s Symbolic Quest  

The Adventures of Chris Fable

The Adventures of Chris Fable: A Boy’s Symbolic Quest  

The Adventures of Chris Fable is an imaginative film that tells the story of a runaway boy named Chris who lives on thieving for a Fagin-like character Iggy. The preacher Evangeline caught him pilfering inside the church and held him to return the candlesticks. She mentioned The Bible as the most important book, so he took it along with other books he got in his bag. Iggy says that books are worthless and he wanted metals only.

He serves a master called the prince and the children in the junkyard were all his servants. Chris had a nightmare that there was chaos in the land which brought him back to Evangeline. He confessed that his father was a fisherman. He didn’t want his kind of life and rules, so he stole his father’s money and lost them all along the way. Evangeline coaxed him to find his father. She said that he would forgive all his sins and take him back.

These scenes remind us about ourselves going astray from the rules of our heavenly father. All of us are sinners, and we need to search for the path that will bring us back to Him.

Another thought to ponder was the bag that Chris carries in this journey. It represented the excess baggage we find difficult to let go. We think it is part of our being even when it weighs us down. Chris showed that when he encountered The Cross, he immediately it all.

The film presented it in symbolic form meaning the characters that Chris encountered in his quest represented a trait in a human soul including Faith, Hope, and some persons who acted as distractions to his path. Much like a life’s course in itself.

We have a lot of distractions such as getting what we want at an instant and staying in a comfort zone like Electric City. We indulge into a mirage of worldly pleasures that gets us sidetracked from our pursuit to spiritual enlightenment. Following Evangeline’s advice, we should remove our eyeglasses filled with deceit that blocks us from seeing the truth that lay before us.

There were characters too whose purpose was to show up and help Chris in times of his distress. One police offered his whip so Chris can get out of the sticky pond. A man named Grant told Chris hero stories and taught him to use a sword. These characters represent our good-natured friends. Friends who guide us, cares for our welfare and protect us against harm’s way whenever necessary.

The core message in this story is choosing to go the narrow gate instead of the wide one for it leads to destruction while the narrow path leads to Celestial City or a hopeful land. As viewers to this tale, parental guidance is recommended. The presentation fits early teens; however, the meaning of some scenes needs a further explanation so the youngster can relate it to Christianity.

Heaven’s Door: A Girl’s Portal to Healing and Miracles

Heaven's Door

Heaven’s Door tells us the story of a girl named Riley. She had the chance to see a portal to heaven and receive a gift of healing. Riley was having a casual chat with her grandpa about lessons in life and being a responsible adult.  Then her grandpa suddenly felt chest pain, then he fell and died. These scenes show a special bond formed between a granddaughter and her grandpa. For this reason, Riley’s mom Julie thinks it will be difficult for her to accept her grandfather’s death.

Julie herself is going through personal issues including a pending divorce with her husband, Leo. In a confrontation scene with Riley, she explains that love is different from marriage.  They may have separated, but both parents love her very much. Julie manages a full-time job to support her two kids, and that she either needs her mother or a babysitter to look after her children while she’s not at home. We also see that her boss is taking advantage of her situation so he can get close to her.

These are real-life struggles of a single mom. Adding on to her problems was her youngest child Morgan having asthma. Although Leo promised to support them financially, Julie thinks it better to shoulder Morgan’s expenses and care because she was still hurting over a child they have lost previously. The emotional pain of a mother who lost a child was the reason for her to lose faith in their marriage.

The turning point in the story was when Riley almost fell from a massive tree as she was trying to reach her ball. Instead of a free fall, a light caught her up and released her upon nearing the ground with the ball right beside her. That’s when she started to believe about angels guiding her. She discovered her gift of healing when she touched the neighbor’s cat after its owner ran over it in his driveway. Children then came to bring their pets so Riley can feel each one. She becomes weak as a consequence as she absorbs the sickness of those she touched. Later on, she says that her healing was supposedly intended for a blind neighbor.

The words of Julie’s mom were pivotal in the story. It was she who serves as a bridge between Julie and Leo, and Julie and Riley. She makes them understand what is essential to make their relationships work. And believes in another dimension in the afterlife, in heaven and the angels. She says it feels better to think there’s more afterlife so it doesn’t hurt as much. Upon learning about Riley’s healing touch to animals, she also said that there shouldn’t be a charge for imparting a spiritual gift.

The film is full of meaningful insights about living life responsibly. By having faith, we too may find in ourselves Heaven’s Door to bless our family and others.

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