Do you hear the people sing
Lost in the valley of the night?
It is the music of a people
Who are climbing to the light...
They will live again in freedom
in the Garden of the Lord.
Worship at Broadway is always a unique and creative experience. This Lenten series was no exception!
Lent is a six week season beginning with the penitent worship service of Ash Wednesday and continuing to Resurrection Easter Sunday. A time for spiritual discipline, self denial, and special spiritual growth, Lent includes Holy Week considerations of darkness before the dawn, suffering and crucifixion prior to resurrection, as well as struggles and trials prior to freedom and new life.
One of the greatest books ever written, Les Miserables, has been made into 14 films, a television series, and a stage musical that remains the second longest-running musical in theater history. Its story of law and grace, oppression and freedom, death and life offers numerous themes and messages that fit well with the themes and messages of Lent:
Jean Valjean, a captive to the law, is a slave to his sins. Inspector Javert, one who lives by the law, tells Valjean that he will always be a slave. Only when Valjean encounters Bishop Myriel's free gift of grace is his life transformed. Valjean then serves the needs of others, despite personal risk, because of the redemption afforded to him. The grace he eventually extends to Javert so confounds this man for whom law is everything that he commits suicide. In the end, the rebels who fought captivity, and those who were captive to death, experiencd a heavenly triumph!
This spectacular narrative by Victor Hugo helps illuminate the grace, redemption, and freedom offered by the even more spectacular life, death, and triumph of Christ!