"So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three;
but the greatest of these is love."
1 Corinthians 13:13
I've yet to meet anyone this year that didn't feel like this past year was flying by.
They say the older you get. . . the faster the years go by. . .
. . .& mathematically - it does make sense. . .
(. . . the more years - the less proportionately each year is. . .)
. . . so I must be getting a lot older. . .
. . . .because I think that at the beginning of each month,
it took me by surprise how fast the previous month had flown by.
But. . . time isn't something that you can 'save', 'turn back', or even 'lose'. . .
But, we do 'spend' it. . . it's an incredibly valuable treasure.
Time is always coming. . . always going. . . & always here.
(I love that concept. . . faith-wise - it can be an eye-opening concept!)
And, as we mark another year where all the time within it is closing. . .
I find myself focusing on the blessings that I have. . .
. . . right here in front of me.
. . . & those that are to come.
I love all of Corinthians, chapter 13. . .
. . . but the last verse always helps me focus again
on what is really important.
faith . . . hope . . love.
Kinda says it all.
Some of the blessings that I'm also counting this week
are the wonderful times that I got to share with Dad over Christmas.
More than one once, we had a 'date'.
He made sure to ask if he could take me out to lunch, or coffee. . .
Here he is at one of our lunch dates. . .
(one thing you need to know, is that Dad is famous for talking while a photo is taken. . . I can't even count all the photos I have - & he's talking. . .
. . . so when I caught him talking in the photo again. . . he didn't believe me. . .
. . . so I showed him the photo. . .
. . . then finally. . .
there's my cute 'date'.
For Christmas day, we kept to our tradition, & went to the movies.
. . . & we saw this. . .
I mention this because I rarely see movies. . .
. . . & even more rarely recommend them. . .
But, I think this is one of the best movies I have ever seen.
I'm mentioning this because I have heard some negative comments about it,
& honestly, I'm lost as to why. (. . . & honestly, after having to watch the crassness & violence in so many of the upcoming movie previews. . . this film is tame.)
I had heard about 'War Horse' as it has been a play on London's West End (theatre district) for the past few years (& on Broadway, as well) , & it was garnering much attention over how powerful it was.
I knew that the story was first written as a children's fiction novel & as the author (Michael Morpurgo) was doing research for the book, he met local British WW1 veterans & learned so much more about the role of horses in the war. . . & then found a moving way to tell the story through a boy & his horse.
Because I had heard about the intensity of the play that was made from the book, I did some research about the movie before suggesting to Dad that this be the movie we saw on Christmas day. (Also, as my Dad gets older - the more emotional he is about his war (Korea) experiences. . .
& I wanted to be sure it wouldn't be too much for him.)
(Also, I do agree that for young children. . . it could be a bit too much for them
(it's rated PG-13).)
I found several articles about the movie. . . it's making. . . & the heart behind it,
& if you're not sure about it. . . I think knowing the history behind the story is good to know, & a good place to start is here.
(also, to be reminded that for the film - no horses were hurt.)
I do admit. . . it's not a "feel-good" movie. . .
. . . but it is an epic story. . . & an epic film.
. . . a journey of joy & sorrow, of friendship & in the midst of what seems like a hopeless situation. . . of incredible hope.
Yes. . . you will probably feel a tear or two or more running down your cheek. . .
. . . & when you combine this incredible story. . . Steven Spielberg directing. . . & a musical score by John Williams. . . then you get emotions of all kinds. . .
. . . but for all the right reasons.
So. . . I can recommend this movie. . . this story. . . with all my heart.
It is definitely 'time well spent'.
(but. . . do go prepared with some tissues. . . but it's worth it!)
So. . . there, now you have another perspective on this film. (. . . & yes, I'm hoping it gets all the 'best picture' awards!). . .
(. . . oh, . . . by-the-way. . . Dad is still thanking me for picking this movie. . .)
. . . it doesn't get better than this.
Wishing you a wonderful start to this new year,
& days filled with all the things that matter most.