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Steph ReflEXE - Feb 2018

I have just been to the cinema to see 'Darkest Hour'. And apart from feeling so pleased that we have a local cinema - otherwise I would never get to see anything - I came away knowing that as well as it being a good film, Gary Oldman was (in my humble opinion!) amazing as Winston Churchill. No wonder people are saying that it is one of the best performances of his career. It was also a good story. One of my earliest memories is the death of Winston Churchill, and seeing queues of people snaking round the streets of London to pay their respects to a great man.

However, the film reminds us that Churchill did not always have a great reputation. He said blunt things to people. He had crossed the floor of the house twice. And his contemporaries didn’t think much of his 'blood, toil, tears and sweat' speech! Nevertheless, history shows us that he led Britain through her 'darkest hour'.

In preparing for Lent and Easter I have been thinking about Jesus' 'darkest hour'. In the end, people didn’t think much of him either. He could be blunt and outspoken, challenging authority. And yet, the wonderful thing is that Jesus chose to face the very darkest of hours of Good Friday to us to lead us out of darkness to resurrection and new life.

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