Last Musing on Les Miserables–Unselfish Love

With so many great themes in this story, it’s hard to say which one is best. We need them all.  But I saved my favorite for last. I will never forget the first time I saw Les Miz live at the Fox Theater in downtown Atlanta. I sat spell-bound, unable to believe my eyes and ears.  I was actually hearing actors/singers sing about God, love, forgiveness, redemption, law and grace, and mercy.  As I sat through the play, my heart was filled with sadness and joy at the same time.  I wanted to hear the music over and over and relive the emotions that flooded my heart.  I saved up some money so I could buy cassettes of the sound track and then played them over and over in my car.

Unselfish love is one of my favorite themes that runs throughout the story. Even the crime that sent Valjean to prison was an act of unselfishness. Fantine, Valjean, Eponine—the Priest, Gravoche, the school boys—all give of themselves for someone else.  Their acts of unselfish love bring life to the hints about Christ’s love and work on Calvary as the lyrics and music stir our emotions to the depths.

Because emotions are so prone to be unpredictable, I did not feel deep stirrings every time I listened to recordings,  but the memory has never dimmed of what I felt the very first time when I heard the last song by Valjean. I was touched to the depths of my heart with tears in my eyes. It is my favorite line:

 “Take my love, for love is everlasting; and remember the truth that once was spoken:  ‘To Love another person is to see the face of God.’”   

Thank you, Victor Hugo, for your wonderful story and thank you to all the producers, actors, singers and workers who put it to music.


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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