Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Joy of Les Misérables: “Finale”

by: Tabitha Garnica

"Forgive me all my trespasses and take me to your glory"
“In my Father’s house are many rooms.  If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” ~ John 14:2

The finale of Les Misérables is one of the most poignant finales in musical theatre.  Jean Valjean is at death’s door. Fantine, Eponine, and all those who perished at the barricade come to welcome Valjean into heaven.  They sing “Do You Hear the People Sing?” which speaks about a world of freedom and love.  This scene tells us of the world we dream of; a world void of injustice and hatred.

It is hard for anyone to even attempt to imagine heaven.  However, this song helps us envision a place “where chains will never bind you.” It is a free place in which love prevails and grief is gone.  The goodness of God is more vibrant than ever possible on earth.

Les Misérables teaches us to never stop fighting for heaven’s glory on earth.  Every single character is longing to find love, God, and freedom, no matter how difficult or even impossible it seems.

The world is imperfect, and so are we.  These imperfections hinder our ability of making a heaven on earth. However, the more we try and the more we sacrifice to get as close as we possibly can get, the closer we are to Eternal Life. 

 The secret to this is love.  In the novel, Victor Hugo states, “To love another person is to see the face of God.”  This line encompassed the message of the story so well that it was even put into the lyrics of the finale in the musical version.  Jean Valjean lived the life we are all striving towards.  He found love through the bishop and was able to repent and turn to God.  His love for Fantine saved Cosette, and he was even able to show love to Javert and Marius by saving their lives.  Every character that ended up in heaven had lived and died for love, whether it was the love for a daughter, a man, or freedom. God calls us to love unselfishly and whole-heartedly.  May we strive to bring love to others without expecting anything in return.
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  1. This is the reason why I sat up late at night to get a good deal from the albert hall tickets. I love the Broadway and it really blows me away. The actors are very talented and the songs are unforgettable.

  2. Beautiful. I have only recently paid attention to the lyrics and am blown away by their spiritual depth. Thanks for your insight.