I don’t like Ghost Stories but I certainly fell in love with ‘The Canterville Ghost’ after watching it following a lovely roast dinner at my friend Annette’s house yesterday. It is summed up as ‘A classic story of redemption and forgiveness, told through a comic lens’
My favourite part was when Sir Patrick Stewart (Simon – The Ghost of Canterville) asked Neve Campbell (Ginny) to help him find redemption and final rest. She has already fulfilled part of the prophecy, she has wept for him. Next, she must pray for him and accompany him to the “Realm of Darkness” to plead to the Angel of Death on his behalf. Along the way there be many terrors and distractions but he encouraged her not to be afraid and with these words;
‘Against the purity of faith, the darkness cannot prevail’
Incidentally Ginny had to listen to and focus on Francis’s voice to find her way back home. This is an awesome Film, which made me think about my faith, dealing with distractions, keeping my eyes set on the goal and most of all learning to listen to and hearing God’s voice.
My sheep listen to/hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
(John 10:27 – NIV/ESV)
In our life and particularly in our spiritual journey there will be times when we are faced with great adversity and numerous distractions. But we must never forget to look to our faith which will guide us through our troubles, always hoping and trusting in the Lord who will be there to comfort us. Even if the forces of darkness seem to prevail, they will not have their final say.
“The human heart has depths from which schemes of unheard-of ferocity sometimes emerge, capable of destroying in a moment the normal daily life of a people. But faith comes to our aid at these times when words seem to fail. Christ’s word is the only one that can give a response to the questions which trouble our spirit. Even if the forces of darkness appear to prevail, those who believe in God know that evil and death do not have the final say. Christian hope is based on this truth; at this time our prayerful trust draws strength from it.” – John Paul II
If God is for us , who can be against us – ( Romans 8:31)
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these,take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.
(The Full Armour of God – Ephesians 6: 10 – 18)
For more on the work of Sir Patrick Stewart, click below.