Do you have spiritual GPS? Where do you turn when all seems dark or you’ve lost your way? Most Americans pray according to recent statistics: 88% of Americans pray; 82% believe in the healing power of prayer; and 79% say praying speeds recovery. So why not turn on that spiritual GSP when the road seems unfamiliar or scary? My colleague, Ingrid Peschke, writing for the June 22, 2016 edition of The Huffington Post, gives a brief review of the new Disney film, “Finding Dory,” and then takes us on a little healing journey with prayer as our GPS. Here’s Ingrid:
Like many, my family eagerly anticipated this summer’s release of Disney’s Finding Dory and we weren’t disappointed. It delivers a delightful package of humor, friendship and the enduring bonds of family.
Watching it with my teenagers brought back fond memories of our family’s cross-country move to Boston over a decade ago. We drove with the soundtrack and dialogue of “Finding Nemo” repeatedly playing in the back seat of the car to peals of giggles from our then much younger children.
This worthy follow-up to that heartwarming story focuses on Dory and smartly brings the audience along on the underwater journey of the wide-eyed Tang fish with her companions, Nemo and Marlin, the clownfish from the original Finding Nemo.
Like Nemo, Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) has lost her parents and is on a quest to reunite with them. The only problem is she suffers from short-term memory loss which makes finding her way home a challenge. Despite Dory’s repeated exclamations of, “Oh, I’m sorry, I forgot…” she remembers the most important things she needs to guide her on her journey: loving parents, caring friends and trust in goodness.
“There’s always a way,” she says. And despite all the odds, these are the elements that lead her safely on her journey.
Aren’t they also what guide us on our life paths? They certainly have been for me. My quest to understand the nature of good turned me at an early age to the Bible….