As it turns out, this week’s edition of Works for Me Wednesday is, as Shannon calls it, the “Christmas-ish edition,” which is wonderful for me because I planned to write about something “Christmas-ish” anyway.
First of all, I need to admit that I am not a huge movie watcher. Steady Eddie and I prefer not to watch programs that are ungodly, which eliminates much of what is produced today. However, last year we discovered The Nativity Story, which is a beautiful retelling of the Biblical account of Jesus’ birth. This year we purchased the movie on dvd both for ourselves and Steady Eddie’s grandmother, who saw it at the theater as we did when it first came out. I watched last night and remembered afresh why I loved it so much the first time I saw it. The acting in this movie is first-rate. While I am unfamiliar with any of the actors’ other work, I believe that each one did a very convincing job of portraying his or her character in this movie. Mary, played by Keisha Castle-Hughes, delivers a beautiful performance of the teenaged mother of Jesus who is bewildered by God’s choosing her as the mother of the savior, but who remains resolute in her faith. My favorite character by far, however, is Joseph. Oscar Isaac plays the role of the humble carpenter chosen by God to be Jesus’ earthly father so beautifully. His love for Mary is almost palpable throughout the movie. This movie is a love story in more ways than one. Certainly, it is a love story because it depicts God’s greatest gift to mankind, but it also shows the lengths to which a man will go for the woman he loves; his love for her is completely unselfish, even despite his humanity and confusion over the events that happen to them.
This movie really has everything: romance, a little bit of humor, adventure, and a beautiful message. It reminds me again of my savior and his humility in coming to his earth at the time and place He did in history, and that definitely works for me! For more “Christmas-ish” hints, head on over to Rocks in My Dryer!
**The beautiful picture above is from The Nativity Story.