Author Archives: Bob Welch

Jesus’ Life Was Revolutionary Stuff

Jesus’ Life Was Revolutionary Stuff

If I die, let me die, let him live.1 — From Jean Valjean’s song “Bring Him Home” The physical climax to Les Misérables is street fighting based on an actual uprising that Hugo witnessed in June 1832. Some people believe the movie culminated in the French Revolution. No. That was a world-shaking revolution that took

Show Me the Way, God!

I’m the answer to your prayer. That’s why I was sent down here. — Clarence the Angel, after George tells him “I got a bust in the jaw in answer to a prayer.” When George Bailey sidles up to Martini’s Bar on Christmas Eve, he’s at the lowest point of his life. In the span of only a few hours,

Knock and the Door Will Be Opened

Editors Note: This is an excerpt from 52 Little Lessons from Les Misérables. Bob Welch walks readers through Hugo’s masterpiece, extracting dozens of uniquely spiritual reflections from this enduring portrait of poverty, social injustice, mercy, and redemption.  Have you knocked at that one there? – A woman in Digne who takes pity on Valjean In Digne as a

Life Is Best Lived When You’re Awake

I never noticed that. — Scrooge, in the 1984 movie version, after the Ghost of Christmas Past points out that Belle “resembled your sister” Scrooge’s life went astray sometime when he was a young man. We can, with reasonable certainty, say he didn’t wake up one morning and think, Hm. I’m content where I am.

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