The Welcoming

Peter Banning: [to Rufio who pulls out Pan’s sword at him] Okay, mister. Alright, show’s over now. You put that thing away! No, put it down before you poke somebody’s eye out.
[the Lost Boy all laugh at Peter]
Peter Banning: You’re not old enough to shave! What are you doing with a sword. I’ve been flying around – This is an insurance nightmare! What is this? Some sort of the “Lord of the Flies” pre-school? Where are your parents? Who’s in charge here?
[the Lost Boys all point to Rufio]
Peter Banning: [in disbelief] No! No, Mr. Skunkhead with too much mousse. You are just a punk kid. I want to speak to a grown-up!
Rufio: All grown-ups are pirates.
Peter Banning: Excuse me?
Rufio: We kill pirates.
Peter Banning: I’m not a pirate. It so happens I am a lawyer.
Rufio: [with the rest of the Lost Boys pulling out their weapons] Kill the lawyer!
Peter Banning: [laughs nervously] I’m not that kind of lawyer!

I have watched this movie hundreds of times. “Hook” was at one point and time my family’s favorite movie. We laughed when “Tink” carried Peter off to Neverland. We giggled at the “potty words” the lost boys used (fart being the main one). We cried when Peter couldn’t reach his kids. We guffawed when the they had the imaginary food fight. When Peter finally learned to fly, we cheered as the fight began. What an awesome movie!

My favorite part is not from the previous quote. I just thought that quote was funny. It shows how far removed Peter was from his “home”. He was grown up. He had responsibilities now, he had no time for “play”. His heart had turned. When it came time to find that daring, fun-loving, adventurous self, he couldn’t.

But, there is one part that makes me cry every time. It’s not when the little girl sings, or when his son breaks all the clocks. No, it’s a more hidden moment. The lost boys are lined up, trying to decide what to do with this man, Peter Banning. Is he Pan, or not? Rufio says no. But one of The Lost Boys step forward and takes of Peters glasses. He begins to push on Peter’s face, trying to see past the sagging skin and the wrinkles. Finally, he sees it. “Oh, there you are Peter!” he cries. Some of the younger boys come running over, doing the same thing. Yes, it is really Peter Pan! He was just lost behind his mask of age!

When we first become believers we are enthusiastic, even daring, in our relationship with Christ. We hold onto him, and boldly declare how awesome he is. But, as time goes by, we “grow up”. We have responsibilities, we have LIFE to deal with. It’s not all peachy keen, we don’t just sail through without ever coming across a storm. Our faces show the worry, the stress, the unhappiness we have. Even when we try to hide it, it shows. Not all of us, but some, lose touch. We lose touch with Christ, and with his joy and peace and comfort. We don’t feel him, hear him, know him anymore. I can’t find him, we may say. Then, he steps forward – as we kneel down – and he takes off our “world glasses” so that we only see him. He begins to push back the worry, the stress, the unhappiness. “Oh, there you are!” he exclaims, because HE knew the whole time we were still there.

When you get to the point that you feel like he’s not there, kneel down and let him find you. Let him find you surrendering and willing for him to teach you who you really are – HIS!

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