La La Lent – 20 Posts for Lent Drawing on the Film La La Land

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La La Lent
20 Bite-sized Reflections
Drawing on the movie La La Land
The title of this film is surely a clue to its message. The world of movies, success and celebrities can be a mad place. A place where perhaps common sense is put on hold. Yet many of us still long for fame and stardom. As if it is not enough to be ‘ordinary’. We sense that life should hold more. Maybe it’s a sign that we were made for more.
‘Our hearts are restless until we find our rest in You.’

La La Lent
20 Bite-sized Reflections
Drawing on the movie La La Land
The film opens with a huge song and dance number about it being another wonderful day, and yet everyone is stuck in traffic. What do you think about this? Putting on a show of joy for others when life may in reality be difficult. It’s not easy to be honest about our struggles.
‘You’ll know the truth and it’ll help set you free.’

La La Lent
20 Bite-sized Reflections
Drawing on the movie La La Land
The folks in the huge opening number sing of their desire to reach for the stars. Battling on even when they are rejected. This is their dream. And they will do what they can to realise it. Keep on knocking. Hang on in there. Perseverance is one of life’s big challenges. Many of the biblical heroes had to hold on a long time. Often the journey changed them.
‘We are hard pressed, stretched, but don’t give up.’

La La Lent
20 Bite-sized Reflections
Drawing on the movie La La Land
Mia works in a coffee shop in Hollywood but longs to be famous. When a film star walks in one day everyone stares. She is given free coffee, but we hardly see her face. She is not seen as a real person, she is a ‘star’, an entity, fame has robbed her of her humanity. She has become merely ‘a thing’ to aim for… Jesus always treated folks as humans.
‘A vast crowd was waiting and he had compassion…’

La La Lent
20 Bite-sized Reflections
Drawing on the movie La La Land
At Mia’s first audition she is acting her heart out, yet those watching are clearly distracted. Paying more attention to a messenger in the background. Mia leaves feeling marginalised and disregarded. Ever felt that way? Overlooked by others? Relegated because you weren’t ‘right’?
‘Let me see you and hear you,
I love your face and I love your voice.’

La La Lent
20 Bite-sized Reflections
Drawing on the movie La La Land
When Mia returns to her flat her friends try to persuade her to go partying, singing of the possibility that she may be found by someone in the crowd. A longing to be known, recognised, respected. The carpenter from Galilee was often amongst the crowd, looking ordinary, and yet folks who met him knew themselves to be valued, appreciated, rescued… having been found by him.
‘Why waste resources on what does not satisfy, come to me and receive full and free life.’
‘…you are precious to me. You are honoured and I love you.’

La La Lent
20 Bite-sized Reflections
Drawing on the movie La La Land
When Mia wanders into a club she sees Sebastian playing piano and realises she misjudged him on their first brief encounter. There is more to this guy. It’s within us all to misjudge others. Easy to box people. Misread them. It’s only as we come closer that we discover something of the real person. As many folks have found with Jesus.
‘People look at the outward appearance, God looks within.’

La La Lent
20 Bite-sized Reflections
Drawing on the movie La La Land
Sebastian has a plan, but it has gone wrong. In his own words – he has been Shanghaied. He tells his sister Laura he is going to let life hit him till it gets tired. It can seem like that, as if life just pummels us. It ambushes us. This world is a strange mixture of the broken and the glorious. The grit and the glory. Jesus understands. He grew up in an oppressed country, in a poor community. He was let down by friends and ambushed by enemies.
‘He was despised and rejected, a man of sorrows, used to grief.’

La La Lent
20 Bite-sized Reflections
Drawing on the movie La La Land
Sebastian loves Jazz, yet is stuck playing Christmas ditties for money. But he can’t help himself. When he thinks no one is paying attention he starts playing the stuff he loves. The music he was born to play. It costs him. He is fired. At times going against the norm is costly, going against the peer pressure, with your own vision, can leave you out in the cold.
‘The road to life is a narrow one, but worth every step.’

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