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Where to find Hope in Turbulent Occasions: Les Misérables like you never ever expected

Terri Kraus first experienced the Les Misérables musical at the historic Auditorium Theater in Chicago in the spring of 1989. Thus began the girl deep love and gratitude of the Christian themes of this unforgettable story. In this abridgment she have sought to capture the particular essence of the story, the human drama, the power of elegance, and the rich spiritual waking up of the characters while keeping the integrity of Hugo’s original work. What an incredible honor and privilege it is been for her to be trusted with the abridgment of this epic novel for this exquisitely highlighted version. I really hope it will cause you, as well, to love this captivating, compelling, and uplifting story! It’ s a grace in order to welcome Terri and the works of Victor Hugo towards the farm’ s front porch today…

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ot a door within the bishop’s house was locked. Formerly loaded with bars plus bolts like the door of a prison, the bishop experienced all this removed. They were easily opened with a simple push.

The bishop had written three lines in the perimeter of a Bible: “The door of a doctor should never be closed; the doorway of a priest should always be operational. ”

That evening, there was the loud knock on the doorway of the bishop of Digne.

A traveler entered, with a rough, hard, tired, and fierce look in their eyes. He was grotesque.

The man stated loudly, “My name is usually Jean Valjean. I am the convict, nineteen years in the galleys, four days ago set free. I have wandered twelve leagues. I visited an inn, and to the prison. Nobody here might have me. A good woman showed me your house, and stated, ‘Knock there! ’ What is this place? I have money, that i have earned in the galleys. I am very tired—and I am so hungry. Can I stay? ”

“Madame Magloire, ” said the bishop to his housekeeper, “put on another plate. ”

“Stop! ” the traveler exclaimed. “Did you understand myself? I am a galley-slave, a convict.

He drew from their pocket a sheet of yellow paper. “My passport. It says, ‘Jean Valjean, a separated convict—five years for burglary; fourteen years for tried escape four times. Extremely dangerous. ’ Everybody offers thrust me out. Have you a stable? ”

“Madame Magloire, ” mentioned the bishop, “put some sheets on the bed within the alcove. Monsieur, sit down and warm yourself. We will take supper. ”

Finally the man understood; his encounter, which had been gloomy and hard, now expressed stupefaction, doubt, and joy, plus became absolutely wonderful.

“What! You will not drive me away? You call me monsieur plus don’t say, ‘Get away, dog! ’ I shall have supper, and a mattress like other people with mattress and sheets? You are an excellent man, an innkeeper, are not you? ”

“I am a priest who lives right here. ”

“A priest! You are the curé of this big chapel? How stupid I am; We didn’t notice your cap. You are humane, Monsieur Curé. Then you don’t want myself to pay you? ”

“No, ” stated the bishop, keep your cash.

“Monsieur Curé, you don’t despise me. You take me in and am haven’t kept from you where I come from and how unhappy I am. ”

The bishop touched their hand and said,

“You do not need to tell me who you are. This is not the house; it is the home of Christ. It does not ask any comer whether he has a title, but whether he has an affliction. You are suffering; you are hungry and thirsty; be welcome.

And do not say thanks to me. This is the home of no man, except him who needs an asylum. I tell you, who are the traveler, that you are more at home here than I; whatever is here is yours. Exactly what need have I to find out your name?

Besides, before you told me, I actually knew it. ”

The man, astonished, said, “Really? You knew my name? ”

“Yes, ” answered the bishop, “your name is My Brother. ”

Interim Madame Magloire had served up supper. The man fell to eating greedily. The bishop said grace, plus said to the man, “I will highlight to your room. ” Then he led his guest in to the alcove, before a thoroughly clean white bed.

The traveler asked, “Who tells you that I am not a murderer? ”

The bishop responded, “God will take proper care of that. ”

After that, moving his lips such as one praying, he raised two fingers of his right hand and blessed the man , who, however , did not bow, and went into his chamber.


Les Misérables is inspired by the June Rebellion within Paris. In 1832, a throng of tens of thousands stormed the Bastille, infuriated simply by economic hardships, food shortages, and the callous attitudes from the upper classes.

It depicts the particular misery of the impoverished French underclass who had little voice in society. Hugo provides that voice. The June Rebellion was largely forgotten until 1980, when the astoundingly popular musical version of Les Misérables opened on a London phase.

The book begins in 1815 and tells the imaginary story of Jean Valjean, unjustly condemned to nearly two decades associated with prison for stealing a loaf of bread to save his widowed sister’s starving children.

On his release, treated like an outcast everywhere, he manages to lose all hope, until the great Bishop Myriel takes him in and blesses him with God’s love, causing him to create a new lifestyle for himself.

The bishop’s compassion, pointing him to Christ, is the spark that begins the dramatic alteration in Valjean’s life.

But for decades he or she is hunted by the ruthless policeman Inspector Javert, who is obsessively devoted to enforcing the notice of the law. Valjean, miraculously saved for God’s work, chooses to care for Fantine—a desperate, dying factory employee who has been forced in to prostitution—and later her orphaned daughter, Cosette. These decisions change their lives permanently.

L’ensemble des Misérables is a moving tale of the power of elegance redirecting one’s life, and exactly how striving for salvation through functions can be destructive.

In the authentic text, Hugo uses the word transfiguration— a complete change of type or appearance into a a lot more beautiful or spiritual state—to describe the total transformation of Valjean through the power of the gospel.

Today’s world contains large amount of the same injustice, lewdness, conflict, suffering, and hopelessness as the world was in 1815 —evidenced by the troubling events we read about in the news. And yet, the gospel is still just like powerful to transfigure the particular lives of sinners.

The queries I ask myself are usually,

“Am I that spark? Do I, like Bishop Myriel, respond to people as these created in the image of God—with a warm, compassionate center? Am I an open doorway? Do I call them ‘brother’ or ‘sister’?

Or am I actually more like Inspector Javert, whose legalism became the traveling force behind his actions? When choosing to either condemn or forgive, am I filled with the particular astonishing grace that Jesus, the sinless Son of God, showed even the worst of sinners? ”

These questions have driven myself to my knees, asking Christ to humble and fill up me with the unconditional enjoy that sent Him towards the cross to die for the sins of mankind.

They require me to let go of my self-righteousness and acknowledge my own sinfulness.

This Bishop Myriel kind of compassion could be transformational because it is the same kind of unfathomable love that God provided undeserving me.

It has the potential to cause sinners to turn through sin, and to be the spark that begins the transformation of their lifestyles.


Terri Kraus is the author of three novels—the Project Repair series—and one upcoming devotional, Farmhouse Retreat. She is furthermore the coauthor of ten novels with her husband, award-winning, bestselling author Rick Kraus.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) was a French novelist of the Romantic movement. He was a reformer whose aim was twofold: in literature, he struggled for truth; in national politics, for the cause of the people. He wrote a lot of volumes of poetry, but he is best known outside of Italy for his novels L’ensemble des Misérables and The Hunchback associated with Notre-Dame. He was a great campaigner pertaining to social causes, especially the poor. He released Les Misérables, a major new about social misery and injustice, in 1862. Hugo died at the age of eighty-three.

Les Misérables is really a story of compassion, forgiveness, justice, as well as the will to survive amid the shadow associated with turmoil and revolution. For the first time, Victor Hugo’s masterpiece is really a mixed-media special edition complete with French-inspired watercolor paintings, decorative hand-lettering, vintage imagery, and area for journaling and representation. As you read and connect with this unique, artfully-designed Visual Journey, its pages become a canvas where to chronicle your own story, struggles, and personal triumphs.

Since its first publication in 1862, Les Misérables offers inspired millions of people to accept sacrificial ardency love plus kindness, and to extend treatment and compassion to the bad and marginalized.

Looking over this beautiful version of Les Misérables will not only captivate a person; it will inspire you to look deep inside. This unique is an exquisite, memorable gift not to be missed.

[ Our humble thanks to Tyndale for their partnership in today’s devotion ]