Musings on ‘Les Miserables’ Part One

I’ve loved the story and music from Les Miserables since seeing the play three times at the Fox in the 80’s. I read the real book a few years back and have seen the older movies.  Some stories are timeless and this is one of them. This new movie version is breathtaking and moving.  I seldom cry in movies, but the scenes were so real, so graphic and moving that tears were hard to hold back. I’ve been pondering some of the lyrics which, although not totally scriptural, provide us with some glimpses of truth.

First let’s look at the clear picture we get of law versus grace as we watch the interaction between Javert and Jean Valjean.  The contrast is undeniable—one man who lives by the rules and laws with no room for error and another who has learned to live accepting forgiveness and trusting second chances. A sinner who could have become a bitter criminal full of hate and revenge learns to love and be loved.  Although Jean Val Jean leans a little towards works as a way to redemption, we cannot deny God’s work in his life—a life filled with forgiveness, grace and love.

With these two men, we see the extremes. Javert cannot receive forgiveness and grace nor even forgive himself for his mistakes. Because of grace, Jean Valjean finds a life filled with unselfish love.

“Believe of me what you will.         Men like me can never change.

There is a duty that I’m sworn.       Men like you can never change.

You know nothing of my life.           My duty’s to the law.

All I did was steal some bread.        You have no rights.

You know nothing of the world.      Come with me 2 4 6 0 1.”

As you muse on this wonderful story, ask yourself, “Is there any place where I have myself or someone else under the law with no room for error?”  “Is there anyone (including myself and God) whom I need to forgive or to whom I need to extend grace?”  “Is the enemy shouting my old number at me with condemnation?”

In Part 2 we will look second chances.

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About Barbara Moon

I am an ordinary person who walks with an extraordinary God. I love to share what He has done in my life. I love to help parents with their kid questions. I love to teach little ones to swim. I love to study and learn new things and for the last ten years I have been focusing on how the brain works in connection with joyful relationships, how that affects development, maturity and trauma recovery. When not writing, my days are full of family, (especially grandchildren), mentoring, counseling, sewing, and reading.
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3 Responses to Musings on ‘Les Miserables’ Part One

  1. What a beautiful review of Les Miserable! I’ve read other reviews that totally miss the point and fail to see the grace and forgiveness. I haven’t seen the new release yet but after reading your words I cannot wait! Les Miserable here I come!

  2. Barbara Moon says:

    I have four other truths ready to post. Spreading them out so they will be short. Call us when you get ready to go and we will go again with you.

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