Great Lines from Movies: The Lakehouse

Chicago Reflections, David B. Vernon/eScapesPhoto

Just watched the movie, Lakehouse, with Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves.  There’s this great line toward the end.

Here’s the set-up: Keanu Reeves’ father, a famous architect, played by,  Christopher Plummer (the captain in Sound of Music) is lying on his death bed.  He leans closer to his son, Alex (Kneau), also an architect,  and gives him this sage advice:

“A truly great structure, one that is meant to stand the tests of time never disregards its environment. A serious architect takes that into account.  He knows that if he wants presence, he must consult with nature.  He must be captivated by the light.  Always the light.  Always.”

God is also a great Architect and Builder and we are His workmanship, His “building” ~~

“… you are God’s…building.” 1 Corinthians 3:9

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

And any great Architect has blueprints, plans for the building:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

If we want to be or do anything “truly great” for God, we need to “be captivated by the light.”Chicago Reflected Again, David B. Vernon/eScapesPhoto

“He wraps himself in light as with a garment…” Psalm 104:2a

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”  1 John 1:7

Oh, to be  “captivated by the light…Always.” 

Chicago at Night; David B. Vernon/eScapesPhotoThe Building’s Prayer:   “You are “the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow” (James 1:17)  and nothing is hidden from ‘the light of Your presence.’ (Psalm 90:8).  It is true that many times I prefer darkness over the light, my own way over yours.  Change me, Lord.  Make me just the way you want me to be.  Fill me with ‘the light of Your presence.’  May I ‘walk in the light as [You] are in the light.’  In Jesus’ name, amen.”

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