The Greatest Love Story Gives Hope for Humanity : Alexis
Love Story. A beautiful movie released in the year 1970.
It makes the movie viewer fall in love with the fictional story of Oliver Barrett IV, the son of a wealthy and well-known married couple who graduated from Harvard University and Jennifer “Jenny” Cavalleri, a working class woman with a great sense of humor. Oliver and Jenny meet on their college campus and Jenny’s friendly banter lands her a date with Oliver, a date that turns into more romantic rendezvous and before you know it, Oliver and Jenny are inseparable. But any story is not worth its weight in gold without conflict and this movie has plenty—Oliver’s parents do not approve of Jenny because of her socioeconomic status (she’s poor). Oliver’s dad threatens to disown Oliver if he marries Jenny but the power of love prevails and the two lovebirds marry. Unfortunately, this decision comes with consequences—Oliver’s dad disowns him and cuts off all financial blessing. So now Oliver is poor but incredibly happy because the love of his life is now his wife.
Oliver and Jenny struggle but they struggle together, working hard to make a living to the point where Oliver graduates Harvard Law and takes a high-paying position at a New York Law firm which enables him and his wife to move out of their tiny apartment in a not too fancy part of town and into what I think looked like a wealthy area. It’s only after they try to have children and fail that the doctors diagnose Jenny with a fatal illness.
At first, Jenny does not know about her medical diagnosis because the doctor only divulged this information about her failing health to her husband. But Jenny eventually confronts her doctor and finds out the sad truth. Soon after this discovery, Oliver comes home from work with tickets to Paris, France—a lifelong dream of Jenny’s—but Jenny reveals to her husband that she knows about her diagnosis and says they’re not going to Paris. She tells him that’s not what she wants. “What I want,” she tells her husband in a poignant line, “Is time and you can’t give me that.” Oliver and Jenny continue to move through life, cherishing every moment they have together until in the final scenes of the movie, Jenny dies.
I believe Love Story is a truly beautiful movie but it made me sad not just because the leading lady died and the leading man was devastated but because these fictional characters named Oliver and Jenny did not believe in God or accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior which left them with NO HOPE and resulted in death closing the final curtain on their love story and separating them forever. Such a storyline, though fictional, bothers me to no end because there are REAL people like Oliver and Jenny in this world who are living life without plans for the future beyond their life story on this Earth.
Think about it: If you don’t believe in or want to know God and you don’t believe in the salvation plan offered through the Son of God (Jesus Christ) then no matter how grand your life here on Earth was when you die, you’re dead and that’s it. The Bible says in the book of Ecclesiastes 9:5 (King James Version), “For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.”
When you die without knowing Jesus, there’s no hope of eternal life after Jesus Christ returns to Earth to take His faithful followers home to heaven (1 Corinthians 15:52). It broke my heart that Jenny and Oliver said their last goodbye on Jenny’s deathbed at the hospital. It really bothered me to know that while they had a beautiful love story, they will never see each other again. And again, it troubled me so much because there are non-fictional characters (real, everyday people) in the world living life like Jenny and Oliver—completely independent of God and denying His existence much more ability to provide for His children.
My prayer for you as a child of God is that you will—if you have not already—come to know the Love of God and accept His Son Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. When you believe in Jesus and live for Him, the plan of salvation goes into effect for you. Don’t believe me? Read John 3:16 which says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
I want you to know—if you don’t know already—there is hope for those who believe in God because we know that Jesus is coming again to put a permanent end to sin and all the death, destruction, pain and sorrow it brings. Great relief comes in knowing that Jesus Christ will return to take His faithful followers home to heaven where He will wipe away every tear (Revelation 21:4). Finally, we will be able to, as the popular song “We Shall Behold Him” by Christian music artist Sandi Patti says, “Behold Him face-to-face.”
*Sigh* A true love story that endures the test of time is better than a whimsical movie and can be a reality for all who believe in Jesus Christ.
Praying for God’s peace and love to transform your life,