Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Amazing Grace

Ruh and I went to see "Amazing Grace", the newly released movie about William Wilburforce. It is not very often a movie comes along that when you walk out of the theater you are inspired to live your life as to change the world for the better. This movie is rated PG and is so wonderfully honorable and clean. You will not have to worry about any obscene comments or scenes. I encourage everyone to go see it! I promise it will inspire you!

Here is the movie trailer: (you will need to pause the "finetune" music player located below my "Previous Entries" on the right hand column of the page or else the trailer and the music will play at the same time)



William Wilburforce August 24th, 1759 - July 29th, 1833



A statue to the memory of Wilberforce was erected in Westminster Abbey in 1840, bearing the epitaph:


"To the memory of William Wilberforce (born in Hull, August 24th 1759, died in London, July 29th 1833;) for nearly half a century a member of the House of Commons, and, for six parliaments during that period, one of the two representatives for Yorkshire. In an age and country fertile in great and good men, he was among the foremost of those who fixed the character of their times; because to high and various talents, to warm benevolence, and to universal candour, he added the abiding eloquence of a Christian life. Eminent as he was in every department of public labour, and a leader in every work of charity, whether to relieve the temporal or the spiritual wants of his fellow-men, his name will ever be specially identified with those exertions which, by the blessing of God, removed from England the guilt of the African slave trade, and prepared the way for the abolition of slavery in every colony of the empire: in the prosecution of these objects he relied, not in vain, on God; but in the progress he was called to endure great obloquy and great opposition: he outlived, however, all enmity; and in the evening of his days, withdrew from public life and public observation to the bosom of his family. Yet he died not unnoticed or forgotten by his country: the Peers and Commons of England, with the Lord Chancellor and the Speaker at their head, in solemn procession from their respective houses, carried him to his fitting place among the mighty dead around, here to repose: till, through the merits of Jesus Christ, his only redeemer and saviour, (whom, in his life and in his writings he had desired to glorify,) he shall rise in the resurrection of the just."

4 comments:

Ruhiyyih Rose said...

I totally agree, Annie- that movie was life-changing. I went with my small group to it, it opened two hundred years to the day of that historical vote to abolish slavery in Great Britain. It reminded me a lot of the movie "Amistad" which is more graphic, but tells the US story. Thanks for sharing about it!

mreddie said...

My intentions are to see the movie but that hasn't happened yet. I'm sure it will be better on the big screen than to wait for the video. I've heard many good things about it. ec

Suzanne said...

Saw Amazing Grace this last weekend. It was good and inspiring...shows persistance and what can be accomplished in the face of adversity. Thanks for your blog and your love for the lord.

The Amazing Change said...

Thanks for the blog regarding the film, Amazing Grace.

Just wanted to let you know that this weekend and next, supporters of the Amazing Change Campaign are hosting Amazing Nights Of Grace, in a concerted effort to get everyone talking about the issue of modern day slavery. The Amazing Change is a social justice campaign launched in conjunction with the release of Amazing Grace to abolish modern day slavery.

Plan your own Amazing Grace event and use the film to discuss your activism, faith, and other important themes from Amazing Grace. All the tools are ready for your use. The steps to plan your own event can be found at the following website:

http://www.theamazingchange.com/amazingnightofgrace.html

Learn about people continuing the work of William Wilberforce today at http://www.theamazingchange.com. Thanks again for your support. Please let us know if you have any questions or need any support by contacting us through this page.

Chris
The Amazing Change Campaign