. . . Or "ticket-of-leave", as the French call it. It seems "once a con, always a con" so, the authorities need to keep track of you.
Jean Valjean knew his past, and hated it. It was time for a fresh start.
"And I stare into the void-
To the whirlpool of my sin.
I'll escape now from the world
From the world of Jean Valjean.
Jean Valjean is nothing now.
Another story must begin!"
One of my favorite scenes in the movie comes after Jean sings the above words. He runs to the edge of the stone wall surrounding the abbey, rips up his parole paper defiantly, and throws them to the wind. The background music was perfect! I actually felt release and relief as I watched the bits of paper float down the mountainside, and I thought of this verse:
"...God made you alive with him when he forgave us all of our offenses, having erased the charges that were brought against us, along with their obligations that were hostile to us. He took those charges away when he nailed them to the cross."
-Colossians 2:13b-14 International Standard Version (©2012)