Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Lion

Last week with my wife Liz we went to watch the film Lion. It was wonderful. We probably go to the cinema about 6 times a year and I would say for 5 out of the 6 we leave feeling that we might have spent the evening doing something else. But not with Lion. Beautifully filmed and a story worth telling makes it a big hit for me.

The early scenes in which the young Surru and his brother Gurru steal coal from a slow moving train to try to raise some money for their impoverished mother are stunning and so believable. The young actors are quite brilliant.

Its the age old story of being lost and being found. Something we can all relate to. In many ways I guess we are all waiting to be found. Found by someone who loves us. Found by something that grips our hearts. Found by something that lifts us out of the mundane and ordinary.

'Amazing grace how sweet the sound that save a wretch like me, I once was lost but now I'm found, was blind but now I see'. 

Penned by John Newton of Olney and probably the most famous hymn in the world. Its long been precious to me, not least because for 8 years I lived opposite the vicarage where he penned those immortal words.


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