I get why so many are drawn to those Hallmark movies.
Are they cheesy? Yes.
Do they pretty much all have the same basic plot? Yes.
Do they all have basically the same actors? Yes.
But do they all have happy endings? Absolutely yes.
And that’s why they’re so popular. People want something that’s designed to make them feel good and that’s guaranteed to have a happily ever after ending.
There’s too much sadness in the world. There are too many stories in real life that don’t end well. There are too many tragedies playing out in real time to the point where we don’t want to turn on the news or pull up a website like CNN or FoxNews.
But I saw an episode of All Creatures Great and Small where everything turned out right in the end and I was reminded of the power of a happy ending.
It’s what we secretly crave in our deepest heart of hearts. It’s what most of us want to see in our books and movies and other forms of media.
I get that sometimes people want sad because they want catharsis, but 99% of the time we want to walk away happy, not depressed or sad or angry or morose.
If you want the ultimate happy ending, all you have to do is turn to the last page in the Bible and read these words:
“The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.
I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen” (Revelation 22:17-21, ESV).
That’s the ultimate happy ending because it’s a true happy ending. It’s the final happy ending of happy endings. It’s the guaranteed outcome for all those who have put their hope in Jesus.
It’s the end of the last page of the greatest story ever told. Or as C. S. Lewis said in his book The Last Battle, “[b}ut for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”