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Every morning, at six o’clock, the alarm on my iPad awakens me to the gentle music of the above song. It is like awakening from a dream, and into a new dream. It is an awakening into a most joy-filled eutopia. It both makes me want to awaken, and want to stay right where I am … so that the music does not end … so that the feeling it creates within me does not end.

It used to be that I would be awakened by hubby’s talk radio station. Certainly it did the job of awakening me and getting me motivated to get out of bed … and run from the room so that I no longer had to hear it anymore.

Then it was my music radio station, which was also successful in moving me from the warmth of my covers to the cool of the tile in the bathroom, but it always seemed to come on as the news came on, and the top headlines are rarely good news.

Then I began using the alarm on my cell phone. And it did well at startling me from my slumber, but it was simply … functional.

At the same time that I had the above mentioned morning awakenings, I also had the violent sound of my coffee grinder/brewer create something similar in my body to the medical practice of placing the paddles on your chest to get your heart to start beating … and boy, would it beat!

It was not until recently that I decided it was time for a beautiful awakening each morning.

So I scanned the music loaded on my device, for the perfect morning wake up. When my eyes fell upon Ennio Morricone that I knew I was onto something good. The song, Love Affair, is the theme from the movie of the same name. Released in 1994, Love Affair is the second remake of the timeless story of Terry and Mike (“Love Affair”-1939, “An Affair to Remember”-1957). It is a story of …

what else?

redemption …

(is there any other theme that we … consciously or not … seek more?)

And what a beautiful awakening awaits me each day … it is such a beautiful awakening that there each morning, when greeted by this love affair of a song … redeeming all that has been and is to come.

yesterday does not matter

today does not even matter

all that matters is awakening …

filling lungs with that first morning breath, and soul with that first whisper …

good morning.

“Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
Ephesians 5:14

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One of my favorite things to do during the Christmas season is watch holiday movies. They generally provide joyful entertainment and a fun thing to do with family and friends. On a free evening in December (if you can find one on your calendar) there is nothing better than making popcorn, popping a movie on and snuggling up with hubby, the kids, or friends (or the beast).

I did a little inventory of our Christmas movie collection, and decided on my favorite ones (in random order)!

Elf

This movie, about Buddy the Elf, can be best summed up with his own words, “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” And sing Buddy does! He also loves to eat sugary things (even pre-chewed gum in public places). He was a stow away in Santa’s bag one year, and grew up at the North Pole. This movie is full of humor, sentiment and changes in people’s attitudes that can only be summed up with one word … redemption!

Polar Express

Oh, this movie was a beautiful re-telling of the book by Chris Van Allsburg. The illustrations are the fanciful combination of animation and realism that makes you unsure if you are seeing a real person or an illustration. It is a dream about a boy and the children he meets on a train. This boy (the narrator, as well) has begun to question the belief in Santa. But really, it is not just Santa that he has ceased to believe in, it is also a belief in himself. This movie cries … redemption!

It’s a Wonderful Life

Oh the story of the life of George Baily … a true Christmas classic! George’s life is told just before calamity ensues, and he contemplates suicide as a last resort. He feels that everyone around him would be better off if he were never born. As Clarence the angel shows him what life would indeed be like without him, he grows to understand that his life is, indeed, wonderful. A great story of redemption!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

“You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch” … I bet you are trying to remember the words of the next line! Oh how mean old Mr. Grinch is! He is out to ruin the entire Christmas season for all the Whos in Whoville by stealing their gifts, and decorations, and lights, and even their roast beast. In the end, Mr. Grinch gets (emotional) surgery, thanks to Cindy Lou Who, that enlarges his heart three sizes, when he learns that “maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” And, you guessed it, his view of Christmas was redeemed!

A Christmas Carol

Now hubby would say there is only one true version of Dickens A Christmas Carol (Alastair Sim, 1951 sans color version), but I am fond of any of them. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a wealthy, lonely, cranky, stingy, mean-spirited, hard-hearted, tightfist. He spends his Christmas Eve dreaming of the past, the present and the future. Through his trips down memory (and prophetic) lanes, he realizes what he has been missing out on … life, and being part of the lives of others. He mainly learns that it is not too late to change (redemption).

Family Man

I just watched this one … and it is one I had forgotten how much I love. Jack (Nicholas Cage) is a most successful man on Wall Street, with all of the trimmings that wrap a life of wealth … including a lack of real relationships. Then he meets a man who volunteers him for reality boot camp, and he awakes into a suburban home, complete with  drooling dog, diapered son, interesting inlaws, and a job as a tire salesman. In this new life he is married to Kate, the fiance from the past that he never married, because he chose his career advancements over her. Jack goes through amazing transformations, and learns deeply about love … in a redemptive sort of way.

Love Affair (1994 & 1939)/An Affair to Remember (1957)

Last, but definitely not least is the movie that was so good in 1939, that is was re-made two more times. This movie is about Mike and Terry, both engaged, but not in love. When these two meet there is something between them that even chemistry cannot describe. The both make vows to make changes in their lives and meet three months later on top of the Empire State building (if you are thinking Sleepless in Seattle … same idea). But tragedy happens. Then, on Christmas Eve the two have a chance meeting, which reveals the truth of what changed their goal. That is about all I can say, other than … it is my favorite movie of all time! I love it! I laugh, I cry. To know that change can happen when one has the right motivation inspires thoughts of redemption.

There is one more of my favorite movies, but it requires it’s own blog post, so stay tuned next week!

You might have noticed there is a theme …

All of my favorite movies have at least a hint of someone being redeemed, changed, made new. To me redemption means hope, and hope means a future. That is what I want, not just in my Christmas viewing, but throughout all of my year.

 

 

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