By Bob Welch
Gold Medallion Award-winner Bob Welch crafts fifty two nuggets of Bible-based knowledge from essentially the most well known novels, musicals, and movies of all time: Les Misérables.
In 52 Little classes from Les Misérables, Bob Welch walks readers via Hugo's masterpiece, extracting dozens of uniquely religious reflections from this enduring portrait of poverty, social injustice, mercy, and redemption. Welch reminds us that Jean Valjean's lifestyles offers the truest instance of why true love is located within the grittiest locations, and that hearts are made entire underneath the weigh down of mercy. most vital, even though, Welch retains returning to the intersections of religion and fact all through Hugo's writing—those areas the place mercy turns into an inroad to the center, and the place love is barely actually bought while it truly is given with out .
Discover back why life's objective is located now not in getting to own wishes and needs, yet in responding to the hearts of...
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But lack of purpose isn’t confined to the poor. Jack Tripp gave up the good life on the East Coast to become executive director of a mission in the midsized West Coast community where I live. Why? 4 Tripp had been a self-described yuppie. Undergraduate degree in marketing. MBA from New York University. Management positions with Fortune 500 companies in New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Beijing. He owned a summer home on Cape Cod. Drove a BMW. Met his wife at the largest singles bar in Manhattan.
Pewter cutlery will do, he says. When Madame Magloire counters that pewter smells, he suggests iron. It has a taste, she says. ”4 He is saying that what we eat with matters little—or should matter little; deeper things are at work here than silver, pewter, and iron. Myriel, obviously, is far more concerned about Jean Valjean’s fate. He is clearly a Matthew 6:20–21 guy who understands life isn’t about “the stuff” down here but eternity beyond. “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal,” says the passage.
About the heart, not the headlines. When our church partnered with an organization to feed the poor recently, I was puzzled by something I saw after the food had been prepared and the line of people started to move through. The first person through was not one of the homeless people we were serving but the director of the operation. And he was heaping huge mounds of food on the plate he carried. If this event were being done in the name of Jesus, who washed His disciples’ feet, wasn’t it a bit hypocritical for the leader to go first, to bask in a touch of look-at-me glory?