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Film Snapshot: Babette's Feast

The aged Lorenz Lowenhielm, who is deeply moved by the feast he has just savored and the time he has spent once more with the people in that tiny Danish village, taps his glass and stands:

Mercy and truth have met together. Righteousness and bliss shall kiss one another. Man, in his weakness and shortsightedness believes he must make choices in this life. He trembles at the risks he takes. We do know fear. But no. Our choice is of no importance. There comes a time when our eyes are opened and we come to realize that mercy is infinite. We need only await it with confidence and receive it with gratitude. Mercy imposes no conditions. And lo! Everything we have chosen has been granted to us. And everything we rejected has also been granted. Yes, we even get back what we rejected. For mercy and truth have met together, and righteousness and bliss shall kiss one another.
For more from this blog on Babette's Feast, go here.

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Don said…
I so enjoy my visits to your site. I was introduced to Babettes Feast when the theme was woven into talks by Phillip Yancy at the Wycliffe Tucson Headquarters. I later watched the movie and was moved especially by what seemed to be the misguided efforts of the community to remove themselves from life and joy and to glory in austerity and smug self righteousness over their sacrifice.

What an awesome quote, this is exactly where I am at in my life, realizing How great the Fathers restoring love really is, and longing for a community that believes it, which as a pastor I have never had nor never been able to create around me.

Thank you again,

Don in AZ
Carmen Andres said…
don, it's good to hear from you again! and i get you re the Father's love - and the longing for community that believes it. that community thing, it exists. i'm not sure it's containable or create-able, at least in the way we seem to try to make it so. but what do i know?! i'm just beginning on this walk :)