Monday, December 18, 2017

Day 18 - Forgive.

December 1 thru December 25 I am posting about movies which reflect each day's focus for #LightTheWorld.

Day 18

"Forgive men their trespasses." (Matthew 6:14)


Three of the most powerful words in Cinderella (2015) come at the end when Ella tells her villainous stepmother, "I forgive you."

In the movie Take (2007), Ana Nichols (Minnie Driver) harbors anger and resentment toward Saul Gregor (Jeremy Renner) for the pain and suffering he caused... for what he took from her. Several years pass before she recognizes that the bitterness is destroying her life. "I forgive you," she tells him, "I have to forgive you."

Trailer: Take

Today I will forgive.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Day 17 - Spend meaningful time with others.

December 1 thru December 25 I am posting about movies which reflect each day's focus for #LightTheWorld.

Day 17

"Ye shall meet together oft." (3 Nephi 18:22)


Meeting together oft applies to families, friends, communities, church congregations. Meeting often can build strength and unity. For instance, the subdivision where my daughter lives holds frequent social activities throughout the year. As a result, they have a friendly neighborhood.

On the television series, Blue Bloods, Frank Reagan's (Tom Selleck) family meets together every Sunday for dinner. They mostly argue, but nevertheless, the weekly get-together helps keep their family bonds strong.

Clip: Blue Bloods

One of the things I love about Return to Me (2000) is the portrayal of friends and family gathering together. They play games, tease, argue, dance, bowl, and most of all, they support and care for one another.

Fandango Movieclips Trailer: Return to Me

Today is Sunday. I will spend meaningful time with others while I attend church services, sing in the choir, and conduct a women's meeting.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Day 16 - Care for those in need.

December 1 thru December 25 I am posting about movies which reflect each day's focus for #LightTheWorld.

Day 16

"[I was] naked, and ye clothed me." (Matthew 25:36)


I couldn't think of a movie that fits the literal translation of this verse, and trust me, I did not want to search the internet for anything connecting movies with nakedness! Yikes. So I chose to use another meaning of the word naked: exposed to harm, unprotected or vulnerable.

With that definition, I think of Wonder (2017). Entering a mainstream school for the first time, Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay) is extremely vulnerable. Born with facial deformities, some kids tease and mock him, but others gradually gravitate to his good-naturedness and clothe him in friendship. 

Liongate Movies Trailer: Wonder

Today, I will care for and clothe others by donating clothes to a local thrift store.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Day 15 - Show mercy to others.

December 1 thru December 25 I am posting about movies which reflect each day's focus for #LightTheWorld.

Day 15

"Blessed are the merciful." (Matthew 5:7)


I love the examples of mercy shown in Les Misérables. After being released from prison, Jean Valjean struggles to find shelter and something to eat, and eventually huddles in the doorway of a church. The Bishop finds him there and invites him inside. Valjean is given warmth, food, and a place to sleep. In the night, he awakens, steals silver from a cupboard and runs away.

The next day two policeman bring Jean to the church and tell the Bishop...

CONSTABLE
Monsignor, we caught the thief
red-handed! He has the nerve to
say you gave him all this!


BISHOP
That is right.

Amazed, Valjean looks up.

BISHOP
But my friend, you left so early,
you forgot I gave these also.
Would you leave the best behind?

The Bishop gives Valjean two large silver candlesticks. Valjean, bewildered, takes the silver candlesticks. The police leave, and the Bishop tells Valjean.

BISHOP
But remember this, my brother --
see in this some higher plan.
You must use this precious silver
to become an honest man.
By the witness of the martyrs,
by the passion and the blood,
God has raised you out of darkness --
I have bought your soul for God.

Because of the mercy shown to him, Jean Valjean begins a new chapter in his life, and extends mercy to others... Fantine, her daughter Cosette, Marius, and even to the lawman who has hunted Valjean with a vengeance... Javert.

Les Misérables movies:
1998 - Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman (not a musical)
2012 - Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway (musical)


Today I will show mercy to someone.