I’ve written about this song before, but the finale of Les Miserables is worth another look. The turmoil through which the characters live rides the full gamut of human experience – triumph, failure, anger, love, fear, and desire – and it ends with a glimpse of the very notion which drives me.
They will live again in freedom
In the garden of the Lord
We will walk behind the plough-share
We will put away the sword
The chain will be broken
And all men will have their reward
We all see things in this world which we feel aren’t right and try to change them. Sometimes we succeed, many times we fail 1, but to live well means we live looking forward to the hope for which we long. And when we love, as this excellent musical reminds us, we catch a glimpse of the face of God who fulfills hope.
This is a song I can’t listen to without coming to tears.
- And sometimes we might even be right. ↩