As it is written…
“To love another person is to see the face of God.”Les Miserables
Although not a verbatim quote from Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, Jean Valjean sings the words in the final scene of the musical as he dies and Fantine’s spirit leads him to eternal life.
Through all the trials Valjean has faced throughout his life, the lesson he recalls above all others is that love enables each of us to see the sacredness in the people we meet along our journey.
Our concept of love expands as we age. As children, we love our parents. As young people we ‘fall in love,’ frequently with a pretty face. As we continue life’s journey, we begin to acknowledge the physically invisible beauty of a person’s heart and soul. Later in life, our love expands to include people we may not even know. In our later years, we share our love with more and more people, even those whom we may have thought to be adversaries in our younger years.
I liken the process to enlightenment and conclude that God created no bad or evil person. Everyone deserves to be loved despite the bad choices he may have made along the way.
When our journey is done and a favorite spirit escorts us beyond this physical place, we will know for certain:
“To Love Another Person Is to See the Face of God.”