Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Les Misérables: Z is for Zest and Zeal!

Can You Hear the People Sing??

"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."  1 Corinthians 2:9

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My heart wants to jump out of my chest each time I watch the final scene, taking in the words of the zealously and zestfully rendered song. Here are a few of the words:

Do you hear the people sing
Lost in the valley of the night
It is the music of a people
Who are climbing to the light

They will live again in freedom
In the garden of the Lord
We will walk behind the plowshare
We will put away the sword
The chain will be broken
And all men will have their reward!

Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?
Do you hear the people sing?
Say, do you hear the distant drums?
It is the future that we bring
When tomorrow comes!

I see the last scene as truly a "finale."  A time when we have triumphantly "crossed the barricade"of death, and come into the "garden of the Lord" or Heaven.

Sometimes, as a child of God, living in obedience to God is an uphill battle. A fight. Against the forces of evil, and the power of sin. But, I am not a slave to sin anymore. And, even better, God has promised a home in heaven for those that follow Him. And what a place it will be! No more pain and sorrow.

Can anyone be sure to go to Heaven when his or her life on earth is finished? Yes! Read Jesus' words below. They point the way. . .

     "Don't let your heart be troubled. Believe in God. Believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions. If it weren' t so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will receive you to myself; that where I am, you may be there also. Where I go, you know, and you know the way.

     Thomas says to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going. How can we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me."  John 14:1-6

For similar view of Les Misérables by a Friend who is an eloquent Biblical scholar, please click here.

Listen to the finale of "Can You Hear the People Sing?"

Do you have that hope of Heaven?


  1. I'm going to see that live next week, I can't wait!

  2. Congratulations on finishing through Z! Now you have a wonderful series. I enjoyed it.

    1. Thanks, Tina. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Maybe I can use it in another way someday. I appreciate your encouragement!

  3. I get chills every time I hear this song. The handbell choir at my college, of which I'm a member, played a medley of Les Mis songs at the end of our spring concert this year, and this part was my favorite!! :)

  4. Ooooooh! I would have loved to hear it, Jaimie!

    1. There's a video on Facebook! I'll find you tomorrow and share it. :)

    2. There's a video on Facebook! I'll find you tomorrow and share it. :)

    3. Thanks, Jaimie. . .can you see my video above? Or doesn't it show up?


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