[jean valjean – the broken and restored]

Zee Gimon

I am Zee. I call myself the Observer because that's what I find myself doing most of the time - observe life and people around me. My blog is a Pensieve, similar to that of Dumbledore, used to keep the thoughts and random ideas that visit my brain.

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  • michelehayes

    Jean Valjean–my favorite character! And this my favorite story of grace and forgiveness. Oh to "be" the bishop when we see others! I kept thinking of this story last fall when we were visiting our friends in Venitza…..

    • Jean Valjean rocks. now that you mention it, Vitalik does sort of sound like him – maybe he hasn't been to galleys for 19 years, but there are many similarities πŸ™‚ and i think you guys *were* the Bishop to him – the first ones who showed him that forgiveness is available.

      miss you two lots!! *hugs!*

  • Never seen the film, but now I want to. πŸ™‚

  • "The prison corrupts rather than corrects but when the spirit is strong, nothing can snuff that candle out."

    We all get "sentenced" from time to time in life. We all have a "prison". But like you said, when the spirit is strong, nothing can snuff out the burn. May we all continue to burn in the midst of our brokenness.

    Excellent post!

    • May we all continue to burn in the midst of our brokenness – yep, that's one of the goals.

      Thanks for commenting, Scott!

  • I love Jean Valjean and the amazing scene with the Bishop. It is truely a scene of grace – it is the scene of the prodigal son. A son who returns in humiliation but receives only grace and love. That is what the Bishop did for Jean Valjean and that is what the Father does for us. He heaps grace upon our heads, he heals our brokenness. Great post! Thank you!

    • Thanks, Ryan.

      The story brings chills of delight every time I re-read it. It is so powerful!

  • Your post made me think about surrendering to the light and becoming the light.

    My recent post Merry Twelfth Day of Christmas

  • I loved the book (and the play) so much! I love Valjean, too. It's amazing what being forgiven can do for a person, isn't it?

  • Great comparrison and I did enjoy your post very much. So many spend 19 years or more in the galley, when they could be free because the price to heal their brokenness has been paid. So happy he met the one who could show him Truth!

    • Too true – so many are in the prison (galley) they have built on their own…

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