Family, Musings

Les Misérables

As part of an extended celebration of our 20th anniversary, Mary Anne and I went to see Les Misérables  at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia.

The Walnut Street Theater is the oldest (199 years) continually operating theater in the English speaking world.

What we saw was the musical adaption of Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel Les Misérables.  A novel about an ex-con who through the act of kindness, grace and redemption sees to live out his live as a force of good.

What struck my about the musical versus the movie was how strong the redemptive themes and religious overtones where.  The references to prayer, redemption, grace and salvation are sprinkled throughout the play.  In the movie there are several references but not to the degree as the musical.

One of the elements of the novel/play/book that should serve as a wonderful reminder for Christians is the impact an act of forgiveness.  One act of forgiveness leads to a life of service.  Shouldn’t that be our story?

If you every have the opportunity to see the play, take it.  The musical has various adaptations and in some of them does have some colorful characters.

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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