I finally got around to watching October Baby and found many things to like about the movie. The storyline is about a young girl, Hannah, who suddenly finds out that her parents have not told her significant details about her past. She finds that she is a result of a failed abortion and her “parents” adopted her when she was a baby.
As you may know I have a heart and passion for orphans and for every child having a home. This movie stirred up those passions as we follow Hannah in her search about where she came from. She tries to seek out her birth mom to find out answers to questions in her heart. This searching is common to all of us but comes out more poignantly with the tragic beginning to her life.
The inner turmoil of those who feel unwanted
Through Hannah’s search, this movie exposes the inner lives of many who live life feeling unwanted. They don’t communicate these feelings, but instead go through life questioning their importance and worth. This story focuses on the life of Hannah whose birth mom tried to abort and was later adopted, but feeling unwanted is not limited to such a dramatic life story.
I love this movie for the friendship that walks her through this process. I love the parents that have their own issues that hinder them from communicating love. I love the inner turmoil of balancing a desire to find out answers, but also fearing what she may find out.
For those who feel unwanted, finding answers is a dangerous prospect because you may have your fears realized: not only do you feel unwanted; you ARE unwanted, which in some ways is what Hannah found at the end of her journey. How do you coup with this? How do you move forward with your life? This is the key to the movie.
How do we move forward with our lives when we have been hurt to the core?
October Baby turns to a wonderful source – a Catholic priest. It is good to see different groups working together on this significant subject. The priest does what exemplifies those in his position. He listens, he understands, and he gives the word of God for the moment. It’s beautifully done.
The key to freedom is forgiveness. The priest paraphrases Ephesians 4:32 and tells Hannah, “because we have been forgiven by God, we should forgive each other.” Hannah embraces the exhortation and finds freedom from the pain.
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.”
Why is this my first post of 2013?
The New Year is about looking back and setting new direction or resolutions. This subject is very dear to my heart and will start becoming a more focused subject in my life. In the next two posts I will look at why reaching those who feel unwanted are important to me and what new direction I am planning on going.
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