(Part 1) The Majesty of Memory—A Devotional for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

(Major spoilers for all of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to follow!)

We hope you’ve been enjoying our Movie Bible Studies series! Unlike movies, though, video games are often a solitary, personal, private experience, more suited for quiet reflection than discussion. But in the same vein, this set of devotionals is meant to help you see Jesus through the many Christian motifs in video games starting with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

For Breath of the Wild, each devotional is tied to a specific Captured Memory, so you can read each one if you have found the corresponding Captured Memory. But really, this is designed to give you a series of dedicated devotionals after you finish the game and Breath of the Wild makes it fairly easy to go back and watch each Captured Memory (or you can use YouTube). To prevent “self-spoiling,” each devotional will appear weekly in its own post, in a six-week series. This also gives you time to engage with the questions raised and we look forward to some discussion either here on the site or on our Facebook page. We hope these devotionals help your faith journey, and allow you to continue to see God in all of Creation.

Memory #1, Subdued Ceremony

In this first memory, Zelda beknights Link in a formal ceremony. The Champions comment among themselves about Zelda’s lack of enthusiasm concerning the ceremony, “speaking as if they have already lost,” and whether there is any point for all the pomp and circumstance.

Likewise, most churches approach communion this way: solemn and serious, with a grave and melancholy attitude, even though we’ve already won. Depending on your church background, other sacraments and rituals (e.g., baptism) might also be presented just as ceremoniously.

Of course, we have plenty of reason for that, as communion is serious business (1 Corinthians 11:27-30). But the real concern is how to keep your mind, body, and spirit into the practice when a ritual becomes, well, ritualistic. We know that in the long run, Link proves he is a warrior worthy of a flashy ceremony. Jesus proved himself worthy of the remembrance that he requested.  

Reflection

  • When you take communion, how seriously do you consider what you are doing?
  • What can you do in preparation for communion, both in the moment and beforehand? For example, if you know communion is always on the first Sunday of the month, what can you do the day or week before?
  • What other aspects of your faith life deserve a ceremonious approach?

Derek Thompson

I've been a board game reviewer since 2011. I love card-driven games and party games. I have a Ph.D. in Mathematics and teach the subject at Taylor University in Upland, IN. My wife and kids are my favorite gaming partners.

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