Supergirl, For the Girl Who Has Everything begins with an incapacitated Supergirl. She’s been attacked by a creature referred to as Black Mercy. Mentally she’s alive, living out the greatest desires of her heart; but physically she is the host of a parasite.
As I was watching the episode, the similarities in theme between Black Mercy and this Harry Potter relic hit me…
They both declare the same message: It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live. But, like Harry, Kara has to choose to leave her dream world and face the real one. No one can make the choice for her.
And it’s a hard choice because it means facing the pain and loss that the dream takes away. But the dream is not real. Life is real. And only in life can we be true heroes.
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. ~ James 1:2-4 NLT
Pain is a part of life; and if we let it, that pain can make us heroes. Like Supergirl. Like Harry Potter. Like Christ.
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