Every night this week I’ve been photographing the Choraliers’ rehearsals for their upcoming Les Miserables performance (opening tonight).
My favorite musical of all time.
Is there a better story of redemption and transformation combined, with moving music, on Broadway?
I think not.
Miriam is Cosette.
I don’t think I could be more excited for and proud of her.
Grace is a prop master, making sure all the set pieces make it on stage when and where they are supposed to.
The show is a huge undertaking.
I’ve seen the behind the scenes and photographed for 5 years now.
Typically, rehearsals for the show start in March…this show started back in January.
Hundreds and hundreds of hours have already been logged.
For several years I had hoped that I would get to photograph Grace and Miriam being Choraliers together.
It came with great disappointment to all of us when that didn’t happen this year.
There was sadness and tears when Grace didn’t make it into the group last June.
This year has been one of heartbreak and tears on many levels but also one of huge growth for everyone, especially Grace.
One morning, before anyone else was awake, I was sitting in my studio studying.
The house was quiet.
Grace came and squished onto the couch with me. We were talking about her disappointment about not making Choraliers.
She was still struggling with it…
She had been through the stages of grief, seeing a dream die that she had held onto since the time she had seen Emmett be in Choraliers.
She was mad at herself. She was mad at the unfairness of it all.
She was still wishing things would have turned out differently.
I had just read this scripture “For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent…”
As I listened to her spill out her sadness the thought came to my mind, “I have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer…”
I asked her if she felt like she was suffering.
She said she definitely was…it was a deep pain for her everyday.
I handed her the verse. She read it. I asked her what she thought.
We talked that morning about how Jesus could take away her deep suffering.
In that moment. Right there, she silently repented.
Before my eyes I saw her heart and eyes change.
She knew immediately what she needed to repent for in order to allow Jesus to take away her pain, bitterness, sadness, and hurt.
The moment that happened her heart and mind opened up and she saw the entire situation in a new light.
She was filled with light and knowledge…
She saw all that she was able to do this year because of the direction her life had taken.
She knew she was friends with people she never would have met otherwise.
Ever since that morning as we sat on the couch talking quietly she has been a changed person.
This year didn’t change her desire to be in Choraliers but it did help her see that the Lord has turned what she is going through for her own good and for the good of others she’s met.
She knows Him differently than she did at this time last year.
Her faith and trust have been transformed. She has been transformed.
Here at the end of the year, as the Choraliers perform our family’s favorite show of all time, she gets to be part of it in this crazy and unexpected twist.
I get to photograph Miriam and Grace doing a show together…in a much different way than we had originally hoped.
But with God all things are possible.
Everything is different than we thought it would be. We are different.
Tonight, I’ll watch Jean Valjean be transformed from a man who is bitter and hurt to a man who has been changed, to his core, by Jesus…
And I’ll know…
He’s not the only one on that stage who has been changed by Jesus.
To giving up the suffering,
PS Thank you to Grace for your courage and willingness to allow me to share this story. It is her hope and mine that in sharing, if you have been suffering, you too will find relief.
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