Sunday, 27 January 2013

Tears at the cinema

Oh dear, another first. Watching Les Miserables yesterday I found my eyes welling up a couple of times. There is just such pathos and beauty in the story, let alone the beautiful production with great acting, emotional singing (OK Russell Crowe was er... Russell Crowe) and stunning cinematography.

The plight of Fantine just hit home to me so powerfully in her haunting song, I dreamed a dream. How many dear men and women in our culture feel that life has just passed them by, and that the wounds of personal history have left them with so little hope.


And then the themes of redemption as Jean Valjean is powerfully affected by an action of great kindness and extravagant forgiveness. It's interesting that forgiveness wasn't just handed to him in a kind of effortless way, it  cost something. In this case the priest's golden candlesticks. In every case of forgiveness there is a cost. In personal relationships it involves absorbing the hurt inflicted into oneself.  And when we speak of  God's forgiveness, Oh yes there is great cost.

In the words of the Bible
God demonstrates  his own love towards us in that whilst we were great sinners Christ died for us. Romans 5.8
Like Valjean we don't deserve it. But if we receive it what a powerful force for change it can be.

I had a bash at some of these themes when at our church we did a short series on God in the West End. Take a listen here if you have a moment or two.

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