I watched Unforgiven last night. It is an interesting, unsettling movie. Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, Richard Harris a great cast. The part that stood out to me involved the stories around Eastwood, Freeman and a younger outlaw wannabe whose name escapes me.
The 3 went to kill 2 men for $1000. This was in 1880. Eastwood and Freeman were former killers and thieves together. They had been living calmer lives for the past decade. Eastwood had a wife who helped him get sober. She had died. When it came time to pull the trigger Freeman couldn't do it. He didn't want to go back to killing. Eastwood did it. The kid killed the second one.
Freeman had ridden away but was captured. He was taken to town where he was whipped with arms outstretched. He soon died in the continuous beating and was set out in a wooden casket on the boardwalk in front of the saloon. He had a mocking sign above him. The connection to Calvary was powerful.
This was the kid's first killing and afterwards he was broken down. He didn't want to do it anymore. He was the thief on the cross who repented.
Eastwood, when he heard of Freeman's death, began to drink. He rediscovered the killer within. He went to town and killed Hackman and five others. He was the thief of the cross who didn't repent. Yet the metaphor breaks down a bit as Eastwood evidently went back to peaceable ways to raise his kids.
One line in the movie stands out. The kid in his remorse said about the man he killed, "He didn't deserve it." Eastwood whisper-snarled, "We all deserve it." Unforgiven.
We all deserve it. We're also all deeply loved undeservedly. The paradox of the gospel.
Well, that's an interesting intro into celebrating our anniversary. :-)
We really have made it to this point. Our actual date is August 3rd but we're going to have an in town partial getaway this weekend. We are both excited. Ann is teaching women's bible study (last night and actually as I type). I'll share some of her words on respect at the end.
I do feel her respect and I do love her greatly. All I can do is worship, be in Awe, as I think about our journey and where we are today.