I’m branching out this morning–taking that little fork in the road, if you will. This post still shares with you my feelings about my love of God, church, family, special moments, memories, and family histories. However, in it, I also reveal my love for good music, a good book or a good movie; and, how I spend and appreciate my infrequent solitude that lets me remember back to times and emotions from earlier seasons in my life.
Yesterday was Saturday and my husband Bob is attending a weekend-long firefighters’ leadership seminar in Northern Montgomery County, MD. So, after running errands I attended our church on Saturday night with my daughter and her family. And, as always the music, message, and multitude of faithful friends and family filled my heart and spirit as together we worshipped. This worship was deeply moving to me as one of the older hymns, “Blessed Assurance,” from 1873, reminded me of my maternal grandmother, Loretta Ford–this hymn was one of her favorites and it was played at her wake. In fact, grandma’s birthday is tomorrow, and had she lived until now, she would be 122 years old. Loretta was an adventurer, a pioneering spirit, a fighter, a lover of life and of God. From her I got my confidence, initiative, inventiveness, and drive. She continues to be my inspiration and not a day passes when I don’t realize that she is still here with me as my guardian angel. So, in the quiet of my home this sunny Sunday morning with only my loving Chihuahuas by my side, I decided to stay nestled in and curled up under my warm blankets to watch a good movie, without any interruption from the cold world outside just beyond my bedroom.
As I casually browsed the list of movies using my relatively new cordless Amazon TV fire stick, I happened upon a thumbnail for a 2016 no-name, no-hype film called “Mr. Church,” with an image of an older and very pensive looking Eddie Murphy. So it’s Sunday, I went to church last night, and no church-going for me this morning–and next I spot a movie with “church” in its title. I tell you it was sheer providence. So, why bother watching the movie’s trailer, or reading its reviews, when this film literally leapt from ten feet out off my TV screen and triggered my fingers to click the “watch” button on my TV remote.
Now, I’m only a few moments in, and I realize that talented and absurdly funny man Eddie Murphy was giving us an inspired and new look at his first and flawless dramatic performance–one that we’ve never seen from him in his 30 years of producing and starring in comedic movies. And a performance, that I hope will lead to many more like it. So, if you’re looking for a pure story of a unique friendship that develops when a little girl and her dying mother receive gifted services of a talented cook, “Mr. Henry Joseph Church,” as a six-month arrangement that instead spans 15 years and creates a family bond that lasts forever, this film is for you. Its story’s overwhelming moments will choke you up with heartrending emotion and your tears quite likely will flow. But conversely, the easy display of warmth and love within family relationships will grab you up and make you feel like you’re floating on air, or dancing on the ceiling.
If you’re interested in watching the full movie, it’s available for free, here on YouTube