Monday, August 17, 2009
My wife and I watched The Soloist last night. I won't go into what it's about so as not to spoil it for you. But I did think that the movie captured a lot of good themes: friendship, grace, compassion, powerlessness.
But it was grace that seemed to strike a chord with me. It could be nothing short of grace to have the paths of two people from seemingly different circumstances meet. And it is grace that brings them together to learn from each other.
In the context of the movie, grace is expressed as a kindness from God that isn't deserved. It is a gift. And it has manifested itself in the lives of a homeless man and a reporter who does what so many of us do--tries to save someone, make things better in hopes that it will make us feel good.
I think that the scenes of the homeless in Los Angeles were particularly disturbing for me. It's another world that I haven't inhabited. And yet, the movie portrays homelessness as not being hopeless. Maybe that made it all the more poignant.
Tonight is my home group meeting. I'm chairing the meeting and will share some of my story. I think that I want to focus on "freedom from despair". That seems to be how this program has really worked for me, making me appreciate every day as having something new to offer. I guess that's grace in it's finest form.