Home for the Holidays, by Thomas Kincaid

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Dear Lovely Friends,

A wonderful Wednesday to you, hoping all is well with you and your families.

I just finished listening, for the umpteenth time, to Susan Boyle's audition on "Britains Got Talent". There are various YouTube videos of this, but the best one is the long one of 7:08 time (for a link directly to this video, please see the bottom of my last post). What an incredibly inspiring and uplifting experience that is to see of one of the world's Plain Janes, with nothing about her to recommend herself, coming out with such self belief and determination, as well as talent. Incredible. Unstoppable. What a lesson she teaches about not judging a book by its cover. Please, if you haven't yet viewed it, look it up and see it now. You will be so happy that you did!

I have had time now to visit most of you, my sweet friends on the Internet. I have been so deeply touched by your Easter posts, all bearing witness of Jesus Christ. I feel more than a little sad that our family's recent illnesses, including my own, kept us from fully observing Holy Week the way we usually do and that I didn't leave any beautiful posts of my own in celebration of the momentous holiday of Easter. Let me correct that now.

One of our most meaningful traditions for Holy Week is to view over a succession of nights, the film classic, "Jesus of Nazareth" (Franco Zefferelli's). It is a 10 hour masterpiece which was released back in 1977. When it first came out, Zefferelli invited representatives from all the major Christian faiths, including my own, to view the film and give him feedback. Almost unanimously this film was hailed by the faithful, including my church's rep, as a remarkable work. Critics were not quite as kind. Although they all recognized the incredible production values, performances and historical accuracy of the film, not all of them could get into the Jesus thing. Some scoffed at it. I have seen the film many times now and it never ceases to touch my heart, especially because of Robert Powell's inspiring portrayal of our Savior. His humility, purity, love and holiness are other worldly. In my humble 0pinion there has never been, before or since, a more incredible performance of what has to be the most difficult role for a human to portray. If you have never seen it, please consider renting it from Netflix or Blockbuster, or do as we did and go buy your family a copy. The best review I have ever heard of this film came from my 11 yo son, who said a couple of nights ago, "Let's watch a little of Jesus of Nazareth. It makes me feel so peaceful." It does that to me, too.

So, I am looking out the window and watching the snow falling. Snow, snow, falling everywhere, on blooming trees, bushes and grass. The birdies are all in hiding. I am so grateful that our largely desert-like state is getting so much needed precipitation, but I am anxious to behold, green and flowers and birds.

What is the weather like where you are? Is it Spring yet?

Have a lovely day!


Anwen said...
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Anwen said...

That sounds like a good film. I have never seen it, but you are right a positive 11-year-old child's review is telling! Kids aren't going to say they like it to look more spiritual...it just comes from the heart.

It is very much spring here in California. There are all kinds of birds. The bushes, trees, and grasses are blooming in succession. Windy and lovely and clear! I am dreading the coming heat of summer...but I'm trying to learn to see that "each moment of the year has its own beauty." (Emerson)

April 15, 2009 5:14 PM

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

It is a wonderful movie. We have it, but I haven't watched it for a couple of years.

Myrnie said...

I don't think I've seen that movie, we'll have to find it!

Spring is here- tulips, forsythia, cherry trees, magnolia trees, daffodils, hyacinth, azalea, crocus...and I'm hoping we don't get any more snow! We've had robins, blue jays, squirrels, coyote, rabbits, and herons too.

Rae said...

I hope that you have sun and green and flowers soon! I have never seen that film but will now be on the lookout for it.