Miracle on 34th Street and “those lovely intangibles”


This Sunday in Vinebranch, I’m preaching on my favorite Christmas movie, Miracle on 34th Street. In the following scene, Fred Gailey, a lawyer, has decided to defend his friend Kris Kringle against being institutionalized by the State of New York. His fiancée, Doris, who’s very pragmatic, doesn’t like the idea at all.

Watch this scene and ask yourself, “Will this preach?” Off the top of my head, I’m thinking of Jesus’ parables of the Pearl of Great Price and the Treasure Buried in the Field… I’m also thinking of Matthew 6:19-21 and Jesus’ words about storing up treasures in heaven, “where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.”

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