(Part 3) 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!)

Welcome back to our Breath of the Wild devotional series! You can find part 1 here and part 2 here. 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 #10, Mipha’s Touch

Mipha heals Link, while expressing her affection for him. She talks about how she was always willing to heal him, even when they were young, and how she will always protect him. She hopes they can spend time together after this is all over. Sadly, that time never comes to pass. While Link never talks, it’s implied that Mipha’s love is unrequited, yet she makes the ultimate sacrifice for Link’s cause, anyway, not unlike Jesus’ sacrifice for us, long before we ever thought to love him back.

Showing love unconditionally is not easy. Fortunately, we see small glimpses of it in many ways: a person risking their life to save another, a teacher going the extra mile to help an obstinate, ungrateful student, a pastor visiting a hospital bedside to comfort an angry unbeliever. Jesus calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12:31), and gives us clear instructions on how to love well (1 Corinthians 13). The hardest part is what comes after: expecting nothing in return maybe even being punished or rejected, or in Mipha’s case, paying the ultimate price for the greatest love (John 15:13).

Reflection:

  • Who is currently someone who frustrates you, angers you, or do you just strongly dislike? Can you still love them? How?
  • Have you ever given love that wasn’t given back? How did you feel? How did you, or how can you, make peace with that rejection? How can those moments be used to help you realize the extent of Jesus’ love for humanity?
  • Who is showing you love that you’ve been ungrateful about? What can you do to change the situation?

 

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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