Saturday, November 17, 2007

How sweet the sound

So I just got through watching the movie Amazing Grace for the 5th time. I absolutely LOVE this movie. I went to the theatre 4x to see it! I’ve never done that before with any other movie. This weekend it came out on video, so of course I had to watch it again. If you have not seen it, run, don’t walk, to your nearest video rental place and get it. Actually, don’t rent it-OWN it. It is soooooo worth it.
So the whole premise is about the abolition of the slave trade in England. Now I hate the fact that American’s tend to be so completely self centered that we never pay attention to what’s going on in the world around us. So, I must ashamedly admit,I have never had a single thought regarding any other country’s battle with slavery. I’ve only ever considered America’s battle and how it tore our own country apart. It never occurred to me that England or other countries had to overcome this issue too.
The movie tells the story of William Wilberforce’s battle with the Parliament to end the slave trade. His story empowers and inspires me every time I see it and I cry at a different point in the movie each time. He was a man that followed after God, and had to realize that he didn’t need to live as a monk to serve God, but that God could use him to change the world. He was absolutely amazing. He had to stand firm during a time when slavery was favorable. He had to fight the same battle, year after year, being shut down every time. Yet, he continued to stand, and he continue to fight. He is definitely one of my heroes. He was not only passionate about slavery abolition, but he was passionate about social reformation in general.
Do you think it’s possible to ask God to impart his residual anointing to me??? Cause I so need it.
AND…most, most, most important…..if there’s anyone out there that can help me find William’s great, great, great, great, great, great, (ok, I really don’t know how many of greats there should be) grandson-cause hopefully he has the same tenacity as his beloved ancestor-and I soooooooooooooooo need to marry him.

And Ioan Gruffudd (who played William Wilberforce) ain’t so bad to look at neither…