Thursday, March 01, 2007

Happy St. David's Day!

Wear a leek in your lapel. Sing a hymn. And if you have a significant other, buy him or her some daffodils. If they don't like daffodils, you can just send them to me. I love them.

St. David (not to be confused with King David, although one might posit that they served the same Lord, in spite of separation by centuries and ethnic groupings) is the patron saint of Wales. I am not Welsh. But I have, on occasion, wished I were.

Speaking of Welsh people, I recommend going to see Ioan Gruffudd in his role as Wilberforce in the movie Amazing Grace, if you can find it in a cinema near you. The movie's a little long, and I personally think something could have been done to improve the flow or progression of it, but it's still an inspiring story. Also, it was so lovely to see a portrayal of a Christian as a Christian, such that his being one was a positive thing. The movie made it very clear that Wilberforce's main motivation was his relationship with his God. Not all of the people around him understood this, but they still respected him for it. Seeing this presented so openly and positively made my soul sigh with relief and gratitude.

It also made me long, maybe not for equal reknown in terms of scope, but still, to be known for a love for Jesus that makes a difference.


GreekGeek said...

I had heard about that movie and wanted to see it, so I'm glad to hear it reviewed positively by you! Wilberforce is definitely one of my heros, and I have often wondered whether I would be willing to place myself on the line like that... Anyway, hi again!

Jenn said...


Yeah, I wonder about putting myself on the line. But also, I think you have to have certain personal, God-given gifts to make the kind of impact he did. I mean, he was a politician as well as a Christian. I'm sure God can use me to make a difference in the world somehow, but I don't think I could ever have done it in the way he did.

Or maybe that's just a cop-out.