I saw “It’s A Wonderful Life” for the first time Saturday afternoon. Yea, I’m a little slow, but what a fantastic movie! George Bailey directly or indirectly touched a lot of lives.

My friend Billy Wilson has written a favorite book of mine called, Zuzu’s Petals (Our Wonderful Life with God). I’ve read the book twice and remembered after watching the movie that there was a chapter in the book about George Bailey. I went back and read the chapter again last night and now it makes much more sense to me. Here is what Billy says about Fathers…

Fathers are fixers. They fix things. That’s what they do. Everything from broken toys to broken hearts are placed into the hands of our fathers in full expectation that given enough time, everything will be all right.

It’s winter and children should be wrapping themselves up nice and warm. Zuzu, however, has a different agenda. She has a flower she doesn’t want damaged. So, at the expense of her health she makes sure the flower gets home safely. George Bailey arrives home to find his daughter in bed sick and goes up to her bedroom to check on her.

“Where do you think you’re going?” George asks Zuzu as she begins to make her way out of bed.

“I want to give my flower a drink,” she replies.

George denies the request, proposing that he will give the flower a drink. Not surprisingly Zuzu is reluctant to part with her flower and in a tussle for the rose a few petals fall off.

“Look daddy,” Zuzu says in the sweetest voice you ever heard in your life, “Paste it.”

It’s then that George Bailey turns his back on Zuzu and stuffs the few fallen petals into his pocket and presents the flower back to his daughter, good as new.

That’s what fathers do! They fix things. Our Heavenly Father is no different, and by understanding this we can deal with earthy afflictions and in the face of it all proclaim, “It’s a wonderful life!” For we have a Father in heaven whose pockets are bursting with our petals. He has made everything new. Now, and for always, everything is going to be all right. “Bring me your broken lives,” He calls to us. “I’ll fix them.”

After all, He’s a father – that’s what they do.

What a great movie, what a great book and better yet, what a great God!

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Neva says:

    Now –you have arrived! It is a great movie isn’t it? My favorite and a family tradition at our house along with the original Grinch

    BTW–I even had a dog named Zuzu but Mr. Neva refused to stand in the yard and call that so HE called her Frank. :) (I deluded myself into believing it was after Frank Capra) :)

  2. David Kirk says:

    Great movie. It was a commercial disaster when first released, and later became thought of as a classic when people discovered it on TV.

  3. Jeff says:

    Great thoughts — sounds like a really good book.

    However, the whole Zuzu incident just serves to reinforce the MYTH that being in the cold without enough clothing will make you sick!

  4. Monalea says:

    “It’s a Wonderful Life” is a Christmas tradition for me. I had a melt down in ’98 and it help to me get though.


  5. Anonymous says:

    “bert! bert! my lip’s bleeding….”

    great film


  6. Anonymous says:

    did anyone see the SNL christmas show, they showed an old sketch with dana carvey as jimmy stewart in the alternate ending, where they go and beat up the mean old man who stole the money. it is funny.


  7. roadtripray says:

    I’m so glad you finally got to see “It’s a Wonderful Life.” I think a lot of people, especially adolescents, go through the “I wish I had never been born” routine at one time or another. I think this story is a wonderful reinforcement to the notion that we’re all a part of God’s plan and each of us are an important stitch in the fabric of God’s creation.



  8. Shane Coffman says:

    I have to admit I’ve still never seen it. I tried to twice, but fell asleep watching both times.

    But, you guys inspire me to want to try again!

  9. JD says:

    Glad you finally saw it Trey! Told ya it was good!

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