Finding Comfort in our Crisis with Les Misérables by Jarm Del Boccio

Do you hear the people sing? scene from Les Misérable

Do you hear the people sing?

Well, no. But I do hear fears expressed and complaints a-plenty! There was trouble during the French Revolution, and there is trouble today in the form of a virus — the coronavirus.

Although many are in dread of the contagious enemy, we as Christians know we have nothing to fear. Why? Because we have embraced a fact the world has not fully come to grips with —


This world is not all there is.  .  .

That’s right. There is an afterlife for all — Heaven for those who have made the decision to follow Christ and accept His work on the cross. We have a different perspective.

My heart wants to jump out of my chest each time I watch the final scene, taking in the words of the zealously and zestfully rendered song. Here is the refrain:

Will you join in our crusade?

Who will be strong and stand with me?

Somewhere beyond the barricade

Is there a world you long to see?

Do you hear the people sing?

Say, do you hear the distant drums?

It is the future that we bring

When tomorrow comes!

I see the last scene as truly a “finale.”  A time when we have triumphantly “crossed the barricade” of death, and come into the “garden of the Lord” or Heaven.

Until then, let’s get out our pens and fight this virus and effects and inspire with our words. But lately, something is hindering us. . .

This coronavirus crisis has put most writers out of sync. But what is causing our writer’s block?

May I suggest a few?

  • our routine is threatened due to the Shelter-in-Place order
  • fear has taken over, thanks to the news and social media
  • our creativity is stunted – we are not getting out to find inspiration.
  • more family members are at home and thus cause distraction
  • we are spending more time on social media, instead of writing.

Being Creative in Writing Doesn’t Need to be Difficult – Even in a Crisis

No, indeed. May I suggest a few ideas to get you back on track?

How about:

You can also go for a walk (yes, even during the Coronavirus Crisis) in your local woods, or take a trip at least an hour in a different direction than you are accustomed to. You can even take a virtual tour of a city on your bucket list!

Our ultimate inspiration one day will be Heaven itself. Then all God’s children will be inspired and have no need for our words. But then, we will have The Word with us forever!

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”  1 Corinthians 2:9

Sometimes, as a child of God, living in obedience to God is an uphill battle. A fight. But, take heart! God has promised a home in heaven for those that follow Him. And what a place it will be! No more pain and sorrow.

And no more coronavirus to fear!

What ways have you found to help you through this crisis?


2 thoughts on “Finding Comfort in our Crisis with Les Misérables by Jarm Del Boccio

  1. I see “Les Miserables” in my Facebook feed… I click. That last scene, gah! Gets me every time. Great words — thank you.

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