I laughed. I cried. I cheered and cursed (on the inside). I left the movie touched and hopefully changed...for the better.
The movie...this story...is one of survival. It is a story of unity and spirit. It is truth...so it is not always pretty.
I had seen several of the interviews with this teacher and I think Hilary Swank did a great portrayal and honored this teacher. I also heard in one of the interviews that some of the 'actors' they used were living in that area and while they weren't students of this teacher, they were in gangs and were living in these gang-infested areas. The story was their reality. There was one young actor who shared that his mother was such a druggy that he felt this movie may be his only way out of his situation...I hope he made it out.
It reminded me of something that I realized many years ago.
1. Prejudice is born of ignorance and bred by hatred.
2. Sometimes it takes an outsider to help see the 'bigger picture'.
3. Hope comes from even one.
4. We really can pay it forward!
I also want to remind everyone of Butterfly Kisses new Sunday opportunity: Psalm Sunday.
Today is Psalm 3. I read it before church this morning and have given it much thought. For me the verse that speaks...and was reiterated during this movie today is verse 3:
"But you, O Lord, are a shield around me;
you are my glory, the one who holds my head high."
I can't imagine a greater hope than the hope I have in the Lord and His protection of me. The Lord is my glory. He is the one who holds my head high and without Him...I will never prosper.