Film Friday: The Aftermath

Lewis Morgan is a good man trying to be human in a terrible situation. After World War 2, as the allies settle in Germany and attempt to sort out the terrible chaos there, Lewis and his wife Rachel move into a huge house and are expected to simply turf out the present occupants, Stephen Lubert and his daughter Freda. However Lewis cannot do that. He is not that kind of a man.

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Lewis does his best to treat the former enemy as equals. He refuses to follow the crowd who want to lord it over the defeated nation. The city is in chaos, folks are broken-hearted, poor and starving. He wants to help them, not make their lives worse.

In the book of Job, chapter 29, we find the crushed Job reminiscing about the good times, when all was well with his life and world, and, like Lewis Morgan, he used to help all those he met. He says this, ‘I helped the poor in their need and the orphans who had no one to help them. I helped those who had lost hope, and they blessed me. And I caused the widows’ hearts to sing for joy. All I did was just and honest. Righteousness covered me like a robe, and I wore justice like a turban. I served as eyes for the blind and feet for the lame. I was a father to the poor and made sure that even strangers received a fair trial. I broke the jaws of godless oppressors and made them release their victims.’ (Job 29 v 12-17) Back then Job was rich, respected and powerful, and he used these things to help others and enrich their lives. When I read some of his words I’m reminded of Jesus, who was also eyes for the blind and feet for those who could not walk, he helped the poor and oppressed, and was just and honest. And still is, he continues to cause all kinds of hearts to sing.

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