In spite of everything that has happened, I still believe that people are really good at heart. ~Anne Frank
Our small group is going to see the stage production of “To Kill A Mockingbird” next month – and it sparked some interesting conversation on the way to church this morning between my husband and me.
It is our annual tradition to see this movie every year in our home – a tradition that our children did not appreciate when they were growing up – but as they are older now I think they too can see the beauty of this timeless story – set in the 1930’s – in the south. The book is usually always better than the movie – and in this case it really is true. I am hoping the stage production follows the book more than the movie does.
I love true stories of real heroes, struggle, dilemma, victory, discovery and resignation. And at the heart of these stories – whether it is “The Diary of Anne Frank” or “To Kill A Mockingbird” – there is a universal appeal. In the midst of a very bad circumstance – there are still people in the heart of the story who believe that all people – are really good at heart.
This is what keeps hope alive for us as a nation – through suffering, wars, loss and ignorance – is the belief that those we set up as authority figures, those in our government, military, churches, schools, police force and finally our very families – are there to remind us that life can be good when things are set in balance – certain laws kept and reinforced and everyone is given the dignity of free choice and the honor of living in a free country.
When “all men are created equal” – and we really mean it. When no man has control over another – when freedom is lived out. It was the hope through the Civil War – again when Hitler reigned in Germany and anytime we see the abuse of power in our own land. It is our hope that peace will once again win – and that love and understanding will truly be all we need.
I too – want to say with Anne Frank – that all men are good at heart. Kind, caring and loving of their fellow-man. I want to believe it – even when I have not seen it demonstrated in my lifetime – even when I have had personal set-backs – even then.
Help us, Lord – be part of that “good” – bringing balance back where evil seems to reign. Help us be the true “light” in a very dark place. Shine your goodness through us, I pray. Help us to see the good.