To love another person is to see the face of God.
Well, despite when some critics are saying (including my local favorite), I certainly enjoyed Les Misérables… for a number of reasons.
The kids and I have an annual tradition of attending a show together. While it has always been a stage or symphony production. we opted for this movie; the night after its Christmas day release. We expanded our definition of the Miller clan this year and a pack of nine gathered together.
While I can disagree with some of the artistic choices of the director… The actors squeezed out every possible ounce of their performances; nothing was left behind. As a Christmas-timed tale, the narrative of forgiveness, conversion, and redemption.
The story traces Jean Valjean, a paroled prisoner (guilty and overly punished of a minor crime) is taken in by a bishop. He steals from him and is caught and returned to the scene of the crime where the bishop makes a radical choice to follow Christ’s encouragement turn the other cheek. “But my friend, you left so early, surely something slipped your mind,” The bishop claims as he hands Valjean two silver candlesticks. “You forgot I gave these also. Would you leave the best behind?”
The bishop makes an investment, not one taken lightly, but in depth of conviction and hope in Jean Valjean and it makes a profound difference in his life and story.
Later, Valjean repeats a similar gesture in prayer to the Lord for one of the next generation… One which, as the new year, approaches, we should all share.
Bring him peace, bring him joy
He is young. He is only a boy
You can take; You can give.
Let him be. Let him live.
Bring him home. Bring him home. Bring him home.
Will you be strong and stand with me? What is your take on Les Misérables… as a movie? as a message?